Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will feel “frustrated” with his superiors for the lack of top signings brought in recently, according to Rio Ferdinand.
United showed promise early on in the transfer window by bringing in Donny van de Beek in July. Indeed that deal came amid strong links to a deal for Jadon Sancho.
However despite those ties to winger Sancho waning, the Red Devils continued to put steadfast faith in a deal.
As such, that approach led to a flurry of deadline-day signings, including Edinson Cavani, who was a long-term free agent.
Left-back Alex Telles was another planned signing, but Ferdinand feels United could have done more.
“I would say if I was sitting in his (Solskjaer’s) shoes I would be very frustrated,” the pundit told BT Sport (via the Daily Express).
“I said earlier I was filled with optimism at the end of last season. Got the team into Europe, the Champions League, which I’m sure would have been part of what was on the tin to do.
“But I feel in terms of acquisitions in the transfer market he’ll be frustrated because he hasn’t got what he wanted.
“I don’t feel that whatever they’ve got in this window has improved the first 11. That’s the problem.”
Aside from Cavani, Van de Beek and Telles, United opted to go for youthful signings in the transfer window.
Young winger Facundo Pellistri signed and was on the bench in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Fellow promising attacker Amad Traore, meanwhile, will arrive at Old Trafford in January from Atalanta.
Solskjaer begins Champions League return on top
Meanwhile, United’s 2-1 win over PSG gave the club their perfect return to the Champions League.
Bruno Fernandes netted a re-taken penalty in the first half to put the visitors in front against their passive hosts.
And despite Anthony Martial’s own goal, Marcus Rashford produced an accurate strike to restore his side’s advantage.