Exclusive: Savage baffled by £100m Man Utd decision; rues Ten Hag’s mistake in loss to Tottenham

Man Utd-linked Kane Credit: Alamy
Man Utd-linked Kane Credit: Alamy

Robbie Savage thinks Manchester United needed to “go all out” for Harry Kane this summer as they have “big trouble” in two areas.

The Red Devils have spent over £160m this summer to sign Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund and they remain in the market for more recruits.

Man Utd have endured a difficult start to the new campaign. They narrowly beat Wolves 1-0 at Old Trafford before they slipped to a 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur.

Marcus Rashford started up front in United’s first two games of the 2023/24 campaign as Hojlund is currently injured so Savage thinks they should have done “everything” to sign Kane, who has joined Bayern Munich in a deal worth around £100m.

Speaking exclusively to Football365 on behalf of Planet Sport Bet, Savage said: “Manchester United have not had a great start to the season. Yes, they got three points against Wolves, but they were really, really poor and lethargic.

“Then at Spurs, they had spells. Their first 20 minutes were good, they should have had a penalty for handball and Antony hit the post. They didn’t play too badly but they got beat.

“So the first game they played poorly but won, and then played better against Spurs but lost the game.

“[United] have big trouble in two areas for me…Midfield and the centre-forward position. [Rasmus] Hojlund has come in but he’s yet to start a game or feature at all.

“They should have gone all out for Harry Kane. He [would] guarantee goals but he’s gone to Bayern Munich for £100m. People will say: ‘It’s a short-term signing because of his age’, but he’s guaranteed goals in the Premier League.

“That is one massive thing they should have done at the start of the transfer window. Everything, all your emotion and energy into getting Kane but it didn’t happen.”

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Casemiro struggled against Spurs as Ange Postecoglou’s side won the midfield battle and Savage thinks Scott McTominay should have played alongside the Brazil international as the veteran midfielder “needs help”.

“Then in midfield, they have looked far too open. I think against Spurs they should have gone with McTominay but he didn’t even get on the pitch,” Savage added.

“Okay, people will question McTominay but what he will do is play as that number six to help Casemiro. Yes, he’s won the Champions League five times but he needs help in there.

“Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount are too forward-thinking and I think before the transfer window closes, they need to get in another number six.

“A defensive-minded midfield player because there were so many gaps [against Spurs] and there’s no wonder Casemiro isn’t looking like the Casemiro of last season or like his Real Madrid days because he’s got no support around him.

“It’s not a great start to the season for Man Utd and there are so many questions. The big one is the midfield area and who plays alongside Casemiro, plus why they didn’t put all their energy into getting Harry Kane.”

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