Paul Ince slams Manchester United’s ‘poor’ recruitment and admits they should have signed Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez

United should have gone for the Arsenal midfielder, says Ince
United should have gone for the Arsenal midfielder, says Ince (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Ince has taken aim at Manchester United’s board over their substandard transfer activity, insisting his former side should have brought in Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez back in the summer.

United had a relatively quiet transfer window compared to their Premier League rivals as they missed out on top target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

The Red Devils completed a £35million deal for midfielder Donny van de Beek, and on deadline day, they swooped in to recruit Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and youngsters Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo.

Ince wanted Wolves' Jimenez
Ince wanted Wolves’ Jimenez (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for form this season and their 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday was their third defeat from their opening six Premier League games so far.

And United legend Ince feels the club’s inadequate recruitment strategy is one of the main reasons why the pressure is being piled on boss Solskjaer.

‘Recruitment at United has been really, really poor,’ Ince told Ladbrokes.

‘They’ve always had money to buy players. If you bring players in for those big amounts and you’re not playing them but the team is winning, then great.

‘When you don’t play them and the team isn’t getting results, people will start questioning Ole about recruitment and results. Those two factors combined are going to put pressure on Ole. Recruitment and results.’

Arsenal’s deadline day signing Thomas Partey put in an impressive display at Old Trafford in the defeat to the Gunners on the weekend.

Meanwhile, Raul Jimenez continues to find the back of the net on a regular basis for Wolves – and Ince can’t fathom why United didn’t sign the two players in the summer.

‘There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team,’ the former England midfielder added. ‘You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jimenez. Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about?

‘Go and spend £40m on Jimenez. He’s a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.

‘You’ve got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think ‘what are they looking at?’ There’s a lot of good players out there, top, top players.

‘Go and get these players. But they haven’t. If you’re going to spend the money, put them in the team.

‘I’m not having this ‘you’ve got to give them time’ – you’ve got to put them in there straight away if you’re going to spend that money. Why would you spend £40m on a player who you’re going to just stick on the bench?

‘Ole will have wanted these players. As recruitment goes he will have had a list of players and number one targets, number two targets, if you can’t get number one then go for number two, and so on.’

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