Manchester United’s woeful summer spending continues

First Antonio Valencia, then Michael Owen and now Gabriel Obertan.

Manchester United fans are probably wondering when Sir Alex Ferguson is actually going to start spending some serious cash. In total, the Premier League Champions have only spent around £20 million of the £80 million they received from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid last month.

Big names like Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Sergio Aguero have all been linked with moves to Old Trafford, however today’s announcement that the club have signed Bordeaux winger Gabriel Obertan seems to sum up the transfer window for United.

Obertan is a French under-21 international who last season struggled to make it into the Bordeaux first team, forcing former United defender and Bordeuax manager Laurent Blanc to send him on loan to FC Lorient. During his time with Lorient, Obertan scored just once.

At this rate, I find it hard to envisage United winning the Premier League title next season. Let’s be honest, they are signing players who aren’t up to United standards. Even their neighbours Manchester City have done better in the market signing players like Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz. It will be interesting to see who else United can manage to sign between now and the end of August, so stay tuned to Football Corner for all the latest.