Rio Ferdinand explains "most frustrating" element of Man Utd’s transfer dealings

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hit out at the club's lack of business in the transfer market so far this summer.

United have only managed to sign one player – Donny van de Beek – and have just three days remaining until the window slams shut on Monday.

They are known to still be chasing No.1 target Jadon Sancho, along with a number of potential alternatives to the Dortmund star such as Ousmane Dembele and Edinson Cavani.

But speaking on BT Sport Ferdinand questioned why they have not yet been able to bring in the players they identified as targets at the start of the summer.

"The most frustrating thing for Man Utd fans, is that we've all been very aware of who the targets were at the beginning of the window. That's the frustrating element," Ferdinand said.

"You look at it, is Covid playing a part in the financials? There's purse strings having to be pulled a little bit. We saw left-back and right-wing are the areas they are looking for but then all of a sudden the season starts, the players haven't been brought in.

"All of a sudden a defeat to Palace at home absolutely ignites the negativity that surrounds the place and makes it a situation it never was.

"We rewind two months previous, everyone was saying, 'Well done, Ole'. Got them into Champions League position, the club's on this upward trajectory now and two months – because there's not been the signings and a first defeat of the season at home – really changes the picture massively for the club."

United take on Tottenham on Sunday before turning their attentions towards completing a deal or two before Monday's 11pm deadline, and it remains to be seen if they can finally get something over the line.

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