Manchester United missed out on a game-changing signing worth £40 million.

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Manchester United missed out on a game-changing signing worth £40 million.

Manchester United may have lured Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but they were unable to sign a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, a position that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately required.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have completed a wonderful, fairytale return to Manchester United, but there is one department that should have been a priority when evaluating the club’s transfer activity this summer. There are severe doubts about Fred’s ability to help guide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to the Premier League title based on United’s previous two Premier League outings against Southampton and Wolves, respectively.

Since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk for £47 million in the summer of 2018, Fred has been a liability at times, and while there has been some improvement, Fred was back to his disastrous form at St Mary’s and Molineux.

In possession, the Brazilian can be awkward and sloppy, and he also lacks quality and composure with the ball at his feet.

When you consider where he came from and where he is now, the 28-year-old has turned his United career around. He is now a regular starter under Solskjaer, who continues to have immense faith in him.

When it comes down to it, however, Fred isn’t the type of player who can win you matches on his own.

That is the standard by which United’s title opponents’ midfielders, like as N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, Fernandinho, and Ilkay Gundogan, are judged.

Yes, they all have different styles than Fred, but at the end of the day, they all know their jobs and are expected to carry them out consistently for the team.

United are in desperate need of a player like that in the middle of the park, which is why it’s surprising they didn’t sign a defensive midfielder this summer.

That may have been the final piece of the puzzle, and it could be the deciding factor come May.

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Yves Bissouma of Brighton would have been an ideal addition, and it’s believed he was on the market for around £40 million.

For a box-to-box midfielder who can do it all, the quoted amount is astronomical. He’s a significant improvement over Fred.

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