Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes Donny van de Beek is already proving to be an ‘excellent signing’ for the club but admits further additions to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad would be a great help for the new campaign.
The Red Devils identified Jadon Sancho as their top target at the start of the summer transfer window but Borussia Dortmund’s August 5 deadline to pay up £108million was missed and the 20-year-old England forward is set to remain in Germany for another year.
United have also been frustrated in their pursuit of Porto’s Alex Telles, with the Primeira Liga outfit turning down an improved offer of £15.4m for the Brazil left-back this weekend.
However, the Premier League giants are on the verge of an agreement for Edinson Cavani, who will complete a free transfer to Old Trafford after his contract expired at Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.
Asked about United’s business – or lack of – this summer, Maguire told Sky Sports: ‘Well we’ve brought in Donny who is an excellent signing and a great player.
‘He’s a great guy to have around and I’m sure he’s settled in brilliant and I’m sure he will still improve.
‘The window is still open. I know the club, I know how it works and they’ve been working tirelessly to try and strengthen our squad without making any rash decisions.
‘Bringing players in will help as it does to any team in the Premier League but we’re focussed on ourselves and we feel like we have enough in our squad at the moment to go and get three points on Sunday and that’s the main focus.’
United’s defence has come under scrutiny after conceding five goals in their last two games against Crystal Palace and Brighton in the English top flight and Maguire says a positive performance at home to Tottenham this weekend would be the perfect way to respond to the recent criticism.
‘I think the only way you can respond is by proving them wrong on the pitch,’ the England centre-back added.
‘It’s quickly forgotten how many complete sheets we kept last season. We kept the most in Europe.
‘We know that we want to keeping clean sheets, we kept two in the cup games but in the Premier League we conceded five goals we we’re going to come under a bit of scrutiny but we’re used to that.’