Manchester United are so far struggling to add new faces this summer. Iain Anderson asks why.
Firstly, let's cover the meaning of the question.
It could be the case that some players do want to go to Old Trafford but are prevented from doing so by their clubs, and contracts.
More concerning should be the apparent inability of Manchester United to attract world class talent.
It is true that, whilst United have probably increased their global popularity, other teams have risen to prominence over the last few years as well.
Now, in a money driven sport, there are several choices when it comes to 'big' and 'rich' clubs. Players who used to hanker for moves to United or Liverpool in England, now have a vast choice of clubs all over Europe.
Now the criteria seems to be Champions League football, with the actual club being secondary.
The truth is that Manchester United have never found it easy to attract, (or want to attract), established world class players, (van Persie being an exception rather than a rule, while Rooney was still a kid and has never reached world class).
Even going back to the seventies, a young Kenny Dalglish of Celtic chose Liverpool while United "made do" with Lou Macari.
Granted, at that time, Liverpool were the dominant force in Europe and ambition was probably slightly more important than money.
Also, foreign players were not as predominant, preferring to stay in their own cultural spheres.
It may be that United only think they need to buy world class players to appease the fans as they do seem capitulate very easily when a player isn't signed quickly, examples being: Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Thiago etc.
Hopefully, United's new batch of youngsters will contain some potential world class talent, as this seems to be their preferred way.
What is United's problem this summer?
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