Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly under pressure to secure further signings for the Old Trafford club before the end of the summer transfer window.
United’s performance against Swansea last weekend has highlighted the need for several squad additions and the Mirror claims that despite the arrival of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon, United are still placing tremendous pressure over Woodward to get transfer business done.
“Despite the signing of Rojo, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is under increased pressure to bring in more players ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline after Saturday’s opening day 2-1 home defeat to Swansea,” reports the Mirror.
Who United can realistically sign in under two weeks is difficult to gauge considering the calibre of some of the players the club is being linked with.
Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria remains a possibility after Carlo Ancelotti reportedly told the player he was free to move to Old Trafford if he wanted to.
However, recent news suggests that PSG could rekindle their interest in Di Maria which complicates things for United because the French champions can offer the Argentine opportunities which aren’t available currently at Old Trafford.
Another possible signing the club could be working on is the arrival of Dutchman Daley Blind from Ajax.
Blind is a player Louis van Gaal used extensively when he was in charge of the Netherlands and a player who is used to the system that the United boss likes to use.
Blind is rated at £15 million, which United would be able to pay but he’s already started the season with Ajax, which suggests that Dutch giants are unlikely to do business unless they can get a replacement.
That takes time and further increases the pressure on Woodward while reducing the bargaining power that United have in terms of price and personal terms in any deal for the defensive star.
Woodward will be judged by United fans based on what he does over the next two weeks. Rojo is a step in the right direction but the work is very far from being finished.