Manchester United’s summer transfer window was not the one predicted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in April.
Solskjaer referenced United’s status as one of the most “financially well-off” clubs in an interview during lockdown.
The Norwegian also said he was confident that his side could conduct the business they had planned – a transfer for top target Jadon Sancho.
But the United’s bosses comments about “exploiting” the market came back to haunt him.
Earlier this month he told a press conference: “I think my wording in lockdown ‘exploit’ was a bad word by me, I didn’t mean in that respect.
“I meant clubs out there have to move because of the situation and it might be a situation for us. At the moment we’ve not had the, what’s the word, there’s not been those situations.”
Whether or not Borussia Dortmund took that to mean themselves we will never know, but they are believed to have been angered by United’s whole approach.
The Athletic report that United simply failed to take Dortmund seriously over their £108m valuation.
The Bundesliga side imposed a August 10 deadline on the potential transfer of Sancho. Dortmund wanted the future of the 20-year-old resolved in time for the start of their pre-season training camp.
Apparently United did not tell Dortmund what they would be willing to pay, neither did they submit a formal offer before that deadline.
United were hopeful that Dortmund would back down on their valuation of Sancho and let him go before October 5.
That certainly did not amuse BVB officials and once that deadline had passed they were insistent that Sancho would not be leaving.
Sancho feeling ‘undervalued’
The report claims Solskjaer kept asking Ed Woodward to keep pushing for Sancho and that led to other deals being shelved. Only then in the final 48 hours of the window did they proceed elsewhere.
Solskjaer did get Dutchman Donny van de Beek in on September 2. United though were unwilling to make other signings until it was clear Sancho was not arriving.
Sancho was also left feeling ‘undervalued’ after United bid just £80m, plus add-ons in the last week of September.
So after 10 weeks of opportunity, Sancho stayed with Borussia Dortmund, and although he was in England for international duty, United never really got near a deal for him.
Instead United swooped for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri on deadline day.