Ed Woodward fails to learn from Man Utd January transfer window mistakes

Manchester United are facing a repeat of the transfer deadline day they suffered with back in January.

As the 2020 winter window approached, names like Erling Haaland and Mario Mandzukic were top of the Old Trafford shopping list.

But as the days ticked by, each prime target identified by United failed to show up at Carrington as Ed Woodward blundered his way through the month.

Come deadline day, panic had ensued and United were suddenly trying to thrash out deals for Dries Mertens, Josh King, Willian Jose and Odion Ighalo.

The last name on that list arrived at the 11th hour.

But now United are faced with the exact same problem as they try to find an early replacement for Ighalo, who will return to China in January.

As the October 5 deadline creeps ever closer, the Red Devils are now being linked with a host of striking talent.

Leaving it this late, for the second window this year, means they are working their way down their shopping list in desperate fashion.

Luka Jovic, Edinson Cavani and Ousmane Dembele are now all being hunted by United chiefs who have failed to act early in the window.

While Ighalo has performed well in cup games and off the bench, he was hardly fans' first choice.

And it appears whoever arrives in the coming days won't be the man the fans have craved all summer.

That's because plan A was always Jadon Sancho.

The young, England international is the type of A-lister United fans want to see at Old Trafford.

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But they have failed to secure a deal as of yet by trying to wait out Borussia Dortmund, who insisted back at the start of August that a transfer had to be concluded sharpish.

Now, with less than a week of the window remaining, Woodward and co are attempting to test the German's side resolve.

Dortmund continue to insist Sancho will stay put – unless £108m is coughed up by the Premier League giants.

Should he not become a United player in the next few days, the summer window will have been a massive failure in the eyes of supporters, and at the hands of Ed Woodward.

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