Manchester United certainly splashed the cash in the summer as they looked to rebuild their squad in an attempt to challenge for the 21/22 Premier League title.
However, we all know that despite the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils are well off the pace at the moment and appear to be struggling to meet the pre-season expectations that many would have had for them.
There are arguments that the squad is still lacking in certain areas of the pitch, with the club still short of a specialist defensive midfielder for many who continue to look at the team and question what they bring to the title race.
Indeed, Solskjaer has had to utilise a pairing of Fred and Scott McTominay over the course of the season, with the likes of Nemanja Matic having been deemed a fringe player. The pairing, though, has not come without its criticism, as the club has been rather leaky with the duo in the middle of the park and have not helped the team to keep as many clean sheets as they should; thus likely annoying punters who use Free Bets to find the best sportsbooks that allow them to place a wager on that outcome.
Manchester United did look to try and resolve the issue in the summer as they looked to target a couple of players, with a former Premier League star having been one of the names on their list. However, the reason as to why he was not signed has since been revealed.
According to a report by The Metro, former Everton ace Idrissa Gana Gueye was targeted by the Red Devils, although they did not have enough money to be able to get a deal with Paris Saint-Germain completed and were unable to offload the players required to raise the funds needed.
It is claimed that they were keen to sign West Ham United’s Declan Rice, but the £100 million asking price meant they were forced to look elsewhere, which is why their attention turned to the Senegal international.
The Toffees did not want to sell to United in 2019, which is why he ended up going to PSG in a £30m deal, however it is believed his time at the Parc des Princes could be limited following the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum and Mauricio Pochettino.
This then led the Red Devils to take a look at Gueye, but as they had failed to offload the likes of Matic, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba in the summer, they did not have the finances to facilitate a move.