Manchester United should have gone on and spent £40million on Raul Jimenez when they were on the hunt for a new striker, and the club is now paying the price for poor transfer business. That’s the verdict of former United player Paul Ince.
United brought in Edinson Cavani during the summer transfer window as Ed Woodward and co scrambled to find a new attacker to sign.
Having missed out on Jadon Sancho, they remained keen on signing a new forward, and landed on free agent Cavani.
The Uruguayan was signed on an initial one-year contract with a club option for a further year, but is yet to start for the club.
When he joined, he hadn’t played since March due to the French Ligue 1 season ending prematurely.
He still isn’t quite up to the pace of the rest of his team-mates, and is yet to play longer than half an hour yet as a result.
And Ince believes that instead of Cavani, United should have forked out for Jimenez.
The Mexican striker has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the most recent January transfer window, but the Red Devils brought in Odion Ighalo on loan instead.
The Nigerian striker enjoyed a great start to life at the club, but hasn’t had the same sort of impact this season.
Speaking to Caught Offside, Ince explained that United have ultimately failed in their bid to sign a top-class striker.
“There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team,” Ince said.
“You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jimenez.
“Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China.
What was that about? Go and spend £40million on Jimenez. He’s a proven striker, a scorer.
“You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.
“You’ve got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think ‘what are they looking at?’
“There’s a lot of good players out there, top, top players. Go and get these players. But they haven’t.”