Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had reportedly identified a list of key targets prior to the window, including the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Dayot Upamecano and Nathan Ake, but none of these were delivered.
Instead, on deadline day, United made five acquisitions; Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellestri, Amad Diallo and Willy Kambwala.
With their poor start to the season, losing two of their first three Premier League games – including a humiliating 6-1 loss to Tottenham – Burley is in disbelief that United didn’t bring in any big signings, and took aim at the club’s hierarchy for their incompetence in the market.
‘I don’t feel sorry for any manager working at the top of the tree,’ the former Scotland international told ESPN FC.
‘He’s got to work with what he’s got. It’s just been another shambolic window from a club one of the biggest clubs in the world that is still trying to play catch up.
‘Once again we’ve seen the hierarchy of this football club stumble around like drunks on a Friday night trying to sign players and quite frankly it’s just not good enough.
‘And that was before we even get to the Tottenham game. You can forget the Martial sending off, Tottenham were going to beat them in that day they had their number. They’ve been humiliated in all three games.
‘You would’ve thought that would have spurred Ed Woodward on to go and at least make some big signings but no.’