Manchester United are struggling at both ends of the pitch.
Currently way down in sixth spot in the Premier League table, the Red Devils, led by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have endured a torrid run of results.
Having won just two of their last seven matches, in all competitions, United now face an uphill battle if they’re to salvage their season.
Solskjaer is understandably taking the brunt of the criticism, with the Norwegian now precariously close to being relieved of his duties.
However, for all Solskjaer’s managerial failures, the performances on the pitch aren’t all the manager’s fault.
Two players who are massively underperforming during the opening stages of the new 2021-22 season have been left-back Luke Shaw and club captain Harry Maguire.
Both Shaw and Maguire appear to be shadows of their former selves and according to recent reports, Maguire’s defensive form, in particular, could see the Red Devils delve into the winter transfer market.
That’s according to a recent report from Spanish outlet AS, who claims La Liga side Sevilla are concerned United may look to trigger centre-back Jules Kounde’s whopping £68m (€80m) release clause once the January window opens.
Stretty News’ Verdict
The Glazers cannot buy their way out of trouble. It hasn’t worked in the past and it won’t work now.
In fact, you could argue that overspending and spending on the wrong targets have been the cause of this slump.
The Red Devils lack direction and with every passing week, it is becoming increasingly more obvious that there has been no long-term planning.
We’re not suggesting that Kounde isn’t a top player – he certainly looks well on course to be one of the sport’s best defenders in years to come.
However, is he a player the club’s recruitment and analyst teams have identified, targetted and built a plan around, or is he just a player that could be bought without too much complication?
Before United can get serious about the side clicking on the pitch, they first must get serious about what players they want to work in what areas and while Kounde would be a great addition, he alone, would not be enough.