“Decided to wait until next summer”: Man United transfer plans scuppered after striker joined PL rivals

Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez compelled Manchester United to leave striker pursuit until next summer

Manchester United target Darwin Nunez joining Liverpool in the recent transfer window compelled the club to wait until next summer to get a striker.

The Uruguayan joined the Merseysiders from SL Benfica this summer. Before his move to our Premier League rivals, we were interested in securing the 23-year-old.

Speaking on his YouTube channel (h/t Express), transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed the higher-ups at United changed their stance on bringing a centre-forward after a move for Nunez collapsed.

“The feeling internally with the board was that this summer was really complicated because Darwin Nunez deal collapsed.

“They wanted Darwin Nunez but Liverpool were offering a really important contract and Champions League football so the deal was not possible for United.

“They didn’t want to enter any bidding war for him, so they decided to wait until next summer. It’s why the focus remains on a new striker for the future.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club seemed uncertain at the club in the summer. The Portuguese was angling for a move away from Manchester. However, the 37-year-old is still at the club for the time being.

Nunez is a tall, strong and agile forward. The Uruguayan had a breakthrough campaign last season, which compelled top sides like United and Liverpool to be after his signature. However, the 23-year-old has not had the best of starts to life at Anfield.

The Red Devils signed a forward a few days before the transfer deadline this summer. Antony arrived from Ajax in a big money move. And the Brazilian started his career in Manchester with a debut goal against Arsenal.

Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez compelled Manchester United to leave striker pursuit until next summer.
Erik ten Hag has revived Manchester United’s attacking options.

Erik ten Hag has a host of options for the moment to choose from. The Dutch manager has also managed to bring the best out of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial.

This has meant that Ronaldo has had to settle for a place on the bench. We have been able to call upon the Portuguese along with Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho if need be.

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Strength in depth is seemingly not an issue for the time being. However, we are evidently missing a prolific goalscorer barring Ronaldo. If the 37-year-old does part ways with United, it would be wise for the Red Devils to get in a quality number nine next summer.