Manchester United need players – that’s a fact. Of course, they don’t require as many as they did a year or two ago when all looked lost. The likes of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani have pushed the squad on, and a couple of savvy signings should ensure the red side of Manchester can take on the Citizens next season.

However, what may concern United supporters is that the club hasn’t pushed on and completed their business pre-tournament. It’s not always necessary, and the new Chief Executive could square away the deals in July, yet history tells us it’s usually not a smart move.

Bigger Fees
Man Utd have to splash out more because of the club’s brand. People know they have money and hold their negotiators over a barrel, especially when young, English stars like Jadon Sancho are in the picture. Sancho is highly rated, with the Euros betting odds already quoting the Dortmund winger as a 25/1 shot for the Player of the Tournament award.

A ball hasn’t been kicked and the bidding war for Sancho’s signature is heating up. What’s worse for United fans is that England are actually one of the firm favourites to win the trophy at 9/2 and could go very far as the competition progresses. If that happens and Sancho impresses on the world stage, his price tag will have a couple of extra digits added to it when Man Utd come knocking.

Considering his attributes and United’s position in the sport, it’s unlikely Euro 2020 will reduce his value. So, it’s a race to get it done before the tournament gets into full swing.

Stiffer Competition
Another transfer target is Harry Kane. A world-class striker who will perform for whichever club he plays for, there are only a handful of teams that can afford the transfer fee and his wages. That’s not likely to change unless FC Barcelona finds a pot of gold at the end of a very long rainbow!

Regardless, it only takes two clubs to tango, and watching Harry Kane potentially rip up some of the world’s best defences doesn’t bode well if you’re a Manchester United fan. After all, he’s the 9/2 favourite for the golden boot. Plus, Man City, one of the other few teams that can afford him, want a replacement for Sergio Aguero.

Top-class performances from Tottenham’s number ten could convince Pep Guardiola that he is the missing piece of the puzzle. Let’s face it – City’s hierarchy doesn’t require an excuse to splash the cash!

Confirmation Bias
There are names on a shortlist right now. If there weren’t, the people in charge of recruitment wouldn’t be doing their jobs properly. Yet there’s a problem with being uber-organised – Man Utd convince themselves they are must-buys. Sadly, international competitions aren’t the standard-bearer for quality because players can up their games for what is essentially a handful of ties.

Do you remember Eric Djemba-Djemba? Most fans will have tried to forget after the Cameroonian flopped under Sir Alex Ferguson. Even the greatest manager ever was hoodwinked by his performances at the 2002 World Cup. Unfortunately, Djemba-Djemba isn’t the only example of confirmation bias.

Nobody is guaranteed to hit the ground running at Old Trafford due to the pressure and the step up in class, but at least fans know players are recruited for the correct reasons when they signed in advance.
Of course, there’s not much United can do now because Euro 2020 is almost underway. That only makes what’s to come in the summer extra exciting.