I really do hope I’m wrong, but is Edinson Cavani really what United need?

The fella is 33 and hasn’t played much recently – and more importantly it’s not up top that the Reds needed strengthening the most.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must surely know what us fans have been saying for weeks that we have problems at the back – and even in midfield, where we’re overloaded with players, the balance is just not right.

United have snapped up Brazilian left-back Alex Telles from Porto for £13.6m, and his pedigree is not in doubt.

But it’s the signing of Cavani, who joined us on a free having been let go from Paris Saint-Germain, that is causing me to constantly scratch my head.

Solskjaer is on record saying he wants young English players so he can mould a team to compete once again at the top of the Premier League.

So, what’s happened here at the end of a bitterly disappointing transfer window for United when we’d all been led a merry dance that Jadon Sancho was on his way from Dortmund for over £100m.

I’m not one of those wanting some kind of knee-jerk reaction with Solskjaer getting the sack. He’s got to be given a fair chance, and the fact is he knows the players we need but luring them to Old Trafford is proving impossible.

The problem is the way the club is structured at the top. We can’t move players out, and can’t bring in the players the coach and fans all know we need.

What is required is the Glazers and Ed Woodward to get a grip and investigate why the richest club in the world can’t attract the best players. That is the core of the problem.

The bitterly disappointing 6-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday, where United players looked to me as if they’d given up the ghost, rams home my feeling that if the Reds are going to improve in the immediate future they need to splash the cash – and that’s what they should have done with Sancho, as it was obvious the German club were holding out for the amount they justifiably thought he was worth.

The bombshell defeat for United, followed by Liverpool’s even worse performance when going down 7-2 to Villa, made City’s draw at Leeds look like a half-decent point.

Going into the international break, which I am most certainly not a fan of, the outright Premier League market at Betfred has seen a dramatic change.

United have drifted from 7/1 in July to 40/1 today – while league leaders Everton have been cut from 300/1 to 16/1 during the same period.

We still have Liverpool 5/4 favourites for the title, although they were odds-on before that crushing defeat last weekend, with City 13/8 and Chelsea 16/1.

Spurs look a good bet to me at 20/1, while Arsenal are 25/1 and Leicester, who also had a crazy result at the weekend losing at home to West Ham, have drifted to 50/1.

Whenever you bet, Betfred

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