Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Manchester United for not signing Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches over the summer.
Man United were clear frontrunners in the race to secure Sanches’ signature earlier in the year but uncertainty surrounding Louis van Gaal‘s future forced the club into stalling their bid.
As a result, the 19-year-old signed for Bayern Munich instead for a fee of €35 million, in a deal totalling €80 million, with the additional €45 million depending on objectives.
Ferdinand, speaking to A Bola, bemoaned United’s failure to capture the talented youngster.
“If I was a Man United scout, Renato Sanches would already be at the club,” he said.
“I’d have dragged him by his hair and said “let’s go!
“Renato is a modern player: Aggressive, strong, powerful, got technique, can shoot and pass. I like him. He’s young, but takes responsibility.”
Jose Mourinho insisted that, had be been appointed earlier, Sanches would be a United player.
Indeed, this Sanches saga come under the umbrella of the club’s wider systematic failure over the past year. United’s failure to quash the uncertainty surrounding Van Gaal’s future – with reports of Mourinho’s imminent arrival from December onwards – precipitated a sense of hesitancy within the entire squad, somewhat compounding the side’s identity crisis.
It should be noted that, above anything, this club is a business – a financial juggernaut of the western world, even. And it doesn’t take a business expert to realise that any form of uncertainty is potentially fatal in the world of business.
In an ideal world, United would have axed Van Gaal in December, appointed Mourinho, bought Sanches and entered the 2016/17 season with the 53-year-old’s strategy already engrained in the side’s DNA. That, Mr Woodward, would’ve been good business.