Former Watford striker Troy Deeney has expressed concerns about Manchester United’s current state and cast doubt on the impact of their summer signing, Andre Onana. Deeney, who now plays for League Two side Forest Green Rovers, made a worrying prediction about United’s potential finishing position this season.
Andre Onana, a £43.8 million signing from Inter Milan, was brought in during the summer transfer window to replace David de Gea. Onana is renowned for his ball-playing abilities, and United hoped his skills with his feet would make a significant impact.
However, Deeney highlighted several troubling observations about Manchester United’s stuttering start to the season. He suggested that United would regress and finish in sixth place, a disappointing outcome that would leave them out of next year’s UEFA Champions League, even if the Premier League gains an extra spot.
Deeney commented, “United don’t strike me as a club that is organized and ready to push on. There is nothing there that suggests this is going to be the season where they get close. In fact, I really believe this will be a disappointing one, finishing around sixth.”
He questioned the impact of manager Erik ten Hag, asking, “For all his plaudits, what has Ten Hag actually done to change that? Who are the players he has signed that makes you think: Yup, he is a United player for the next five or ten years? They need another two or three windows at least, and I don’t see how that gets better any time soon.”
Deeney also criticized United’s recruitment strategy, expressing disappointment with the performance of several of the new signings. Even Andre Onana, who has generally been seen as performing well in a Manchester United shirt, was not exempt from Deeney’s criticism. Deeney stated, “The players [Ten Hag] has bought, barring a few exceptions, have not hit the ground running. Even with their best signing, in my opinion, goalkeeper Andre Onana, he scares me. I don’t look at him as a keeper that will definitely keep clean sheets or be a commanding figure. Mount has struggled. Rasmus Hojlund could be the difference, but he is still so young. I see far too many problems for any sort of success this season. The whole club constantly looks like a year away from being where it needs to be.”