After reacting early in this summer’s transfer window to bring in the likes of Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian, the Red Devils have only added free signing Sergio Romero to their ranks since.
The club were thought to be closing in on a move to sign Spain winger Pedro from Barcelona before Chelsea completed a £21.8million deal, while the likes of Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller, Neymar have been linked with ambitious moves to Old Trafford also.
With no further ‘marquee’ signings coming to fruition, Southampton legend and TV pundit Le Tissier says United are no longer the attractive prospect they were for players under the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Losing Pedro was a huge blow to Manchester United,” he told talkSPORT. “They thought that was in the bag, but Chelsea came and pinched him at the last minute and United were left with a bit of egg on their face.
“Then, the reaction was all of a sudden stories appearing that United want to buy Sadio Mane, just to try and deflect from the fact they couldn’t get Pedro.
“It’s surprising because there were times, when I was playing, when Manchester United were linked with a player and if they wanted him, they got him.
“The player went and there was no question – he wanted to join that club.
“It does seem at the moment that players are thinking twice about joining Man United, which never happened in the past.”