The Red Devils completed a £35million deal for midfielder Donny van de Beek, and on deadline day, they swooped in to recruit Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and youngsters Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo.
Despite their late flurry of transfer activity, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for form this season and their 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday was their third defeat from their opening six Premier League games so far.
And United legend Ince feels the club’s inadequate recruitment strategy is one of the main reasons why the pressure is being piled on boss Solskjaer.
‘Recruitment at United has been really, really poor,’ Ince told Ladbrokes.
‘They’ve always had money to buy players. If you bring players in for those big amounts and you’re not playing them but the team is winning, then great.
‘When you don’t play them and the team isn’t getting results, people will start questioning Ole about recruitment and results. Those two factors combined are going to put pressure on Ole. Recruitment and results.’
With Van de Beek and Cavani yet to start in the league for the Manchester club, Ince can’t fathom why United didn’t opt to sign Arsenal’s impressive new midfielder Partey and Wolves’ prolific No.9 Jimenez in the summer.
‘There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team,’ the former England midfielder added. ‘You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jimenez. Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about?
‘Go and spend £40m on Jimenez. He’s a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.
‘You’ve got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think ‘what are they looking at?’ There’s a lot of good players out there, top, top players.
‘I’m not having this ‘you’ve got to give them time’ – you’ve got to put them in there straight away if you’re going to spend that money. Why would you spend £40m on a player who you’re going to just stick on the bench?
‘Ole will have wanted these players. As recruitment goes he will have had a list of players and number one targets, number two targets, if you can’t get number one then go for number two, and so on.’