Bryan Robson questions Man United over summer departures

Former Man United captain Bryan Robson says the Red Devils left themselves short

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Sky Sports)

Bryan Robson says Manchester United left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a weakened squad after some big-name departures in the summer.

The Red Devils signed Swansea City winger Daniel James, Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City centre-half Harry Maguire in the summer transfer window.

Although Manchester United strengthened their defence, the Red Devils allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to move to San Siro outfit Inter Milan.

The 20-time English champions didn’t sign any replacements up front to leave Solskjaer relying on injury-prone duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, as well as 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester United have struggled to find the net with any sort of frequency this season, only scoring five times in their last seven Premier League games.

Solskjaer’s side are in 12th place in the Premier League table and a mere two points above the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Liverpool FC at Old Trafford next Sunday.

Former Manchester United captain Robson believes the Red Devils didn’t adequately strengthen in the summer transfer window.

“I think United’s only mistake so far is allowing too many experienced players to go,” Robson told the Daily Star. “Because we have had quite a lot of injuries at this stage of the season they have left themselves a little bit short. That is why they are where they are.

“Lukaku (to Inter), Sanchez (Inter on loan), Ander Herrera (Paris-Saint Germain), Chris Smalling (Roma on loan). These are very experienced players. In this situation, rather than kids, you need those types of experience players to steady it.

“People talk about leaders and every club needs them. Whether it is a central midfielder or a dominant centre-half, you need a leader to organise on the pitch. United and others are looking for that type of player.”

Manchester United have lost to Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last term.

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