Of course, when a manager desperately wants a player to match his play style and philosophy, Europe’s biggest clubs are more often than not haggled for as much as possible by clubs who don’t want to sell. But United must ensure they avoid the same mistakes once the dust settles in Qatar, especially at the start of a rebuild when more transfer activity is inevitable.
Ten Hag’s shortlist will feature plenty of names at the World Cup ahead of two transfer windows in 2023, in which United is expected to be active. But the club must be beyond the days of bowing to extortionate demands out of desperation, especially if a target steals the show in Qatar.
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