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The original budget the Glazers had set for Manchester United this summer

The American owners didn't want to spend much money this transfer window

By Harry Smith

The American owners didn't want to spend much money this transfer window
The American owners didn't want to spend much money this transfer window
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Manchester United went on and had the biggest summer transfer window in their history after spending £229 million in signings. This amount of money is the most that has ever been spent on a single transfer market in the history of the club. However, it is being reported by Laurie Whitwell, that the board wasn't planning on doing that.

The reporter from The Athletic revealed this morning that the original plan from the Red Devils’ board was to spend a maximum of £120 million this summer. Nevertheless, the team’s shocking start of the season when they lost the first two games of the Premier League campaign made the club’s owners change their plans.

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The 4-0 defeat against Brentford was reportedly the straw that broke the camels’ back and made the Glazer family decide and upgrade the transfer budget, so the new manager could have the players that he really thought could help the team turn this negative situation around, but they didn’t get to that conclusion by themselves.

The Athletic reported that it was the Manchester United football director John Murtough, who spread the word to the owners that if they appreciated Erik ten Hag, then a significant economic backing was needed for him to have a chance of succeeding at the club. Also, a group of senior players told the board that they believed more signings were needed.

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This really saved Manchester United's season by the looks of it. The very next day from the defeat against the Bees, a club delegation flew to Madrid to meet face to face with Casemiro and his camp. One day later, the first €80m bid for Antony was placed by the club. This would eventually get rejected, but it showed the new approach of the owners.

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