Rio Ferdinand slams Man Utd's 'frustrating' transfer window and says top four is best they will do without new signings

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Rio Ferdinand has slammed the club's transfer business this window and claimed top four will be the best they can aim for.

The 41-year-old has spoken of his frustration of the Red Devils' lack of recruits with Donny van de Beek the only arrival to Old Trafford so far.

United are yet to make a breakthrough with Borussia Dortmund in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho with BVB holding out for £108million.

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Meanwhile they are haggling over the £18m fee Porto are demanding for left-back Alex Telles.

And with the window to close in two days, Ferdinand has lamented United's transfer business.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: "The most frustrating thing for Man Utd fans, is that we've all been very aware of who the targets were at the beginning of the window.

"That's the frustrating element. You look at it, is Covid playing a part in the financials? There's purse strings having to be pulled a little bit.

"We saw left-back and right-wing are the areas they are looking for but then all of a sudden the season starts, the players haven't been brought in.

"All of a sudden a defeat to Palace at home absolutely ignites the negativity that surrounds the place and makes it a situation it never was.

"We rewind two months previous, everyone was saying, 'Well done, Ole'. Got them into Champions League position, the club's on this upward trajectory now and two months – because there's not been the signings and a first defeat of the season at home – really changes the picture massively for the club."

Asked whether he believes United can challenge for the Premier League title without any new additions, Ferdinand grimly predicted: "No.

"Not in my eyes. Champions League will be the target for me realistically."

Sancho has been the No1 priority for United this window, but Dortmund have stated that the winger will not be leaving Germany.

Dortmund chief Michael Zorc said on Friday: "Of course we communicated with Manchester United in the past.

"But everything there is to tell on this matter from our end has already been said.

"And that won't change over the next three days."

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