Former Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch says he has been left ‘puzzled’ by Manchester United’s transfer strategy this summer, including the signing of Donny van de Beek and pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils have completed one major deal so far – a £40 million move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.
The Netherlands international scored on his debut appearance as a substitute in United’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Jadon Sancho reportedly remains their priority transfer target for this summer, but Borussia Dortmund are standing firm in their £110 million valuation of the winger.
Crouch believes that a forward, like Wolves’ Raul Jimenez, and a centre-back should be the priority for United, and with the talented midfielders already at their disposal, he questions why they even needed Van de Beek.
‘I held a lot of hope for them in the summer but, once again, the way they have negotiated the transfer market has left me puzzled,’ Crouch told the Daily Mail.
‘They seem to buy good players, such as Donny van de Beek, but they don’t seem to have a strategy. If you have got Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, why do you need Van de Beek?
‘Why did they not go for a forward, such as Raul Jimenez from Wolves? The defence needs strengthening, so why are they concentrating on Jadon Sancho rather than a partner for Harry Maguire?
‘Sancho is superb, don’t get me wrong, but how much of an upgrade is he on Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, who can all play in that position? The £100million for Sancho could be better invested elsewhere.
‘United didn’t play well against Crystal Palace but what I would say is that people are quick to react. It is never as bad as you fear and never as good as you believe. I still expect them to figure in the fight for the top four.’