Manchester United have run out of money after signing Donny van de Beek for £40million according to former Aston Villa and Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood.
Earlier this month United sealed a deal to sign Van de Beek for £40million from Ajax and he is expected to make his debut in Saturday's season opener against Crystal Palace.
However, despite plenty of transfer speculation around them, United have been frustrated in their efforts to make further additions to the squad.
Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho has been top of United's transfer wishlist this summer but the German club insist the 20-year-old will not be leaving.
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This week, another United target Jack Grealish committed his future to Villa by signing a new long-term deal.
While Gareth Bale is set to complete a season-long loan move to Spurs after years of interest from United.
And Sherwood believes United's failure to sign Grealish, Bale and Sancho is a clear signal that they have financial problems
“Jack Grealish’s contract is great news for Aston Villa, what a signing that is," he told talkSPORT.
“I thought he was nailed on to go to Manchester United, but it’s quite clear after the Van de Beek deal they’ve run out of money.
“No Gareth Bale, no Jack Grealish, there’s no more money. There will be no Jadon Sancho that’s for sure.
“They’ve run out of money, otherwise it was a no-brainer, in my opinion, to take that boy [Grealish] to Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has hailed Van de Beek and compared him to Old Trafford great Paul Scholes.
“He can play in different positions in midfield – he can be a six or an eight or a 10, he has a great eye for a goal. His technique is brilliant, he can go box to box,” Van der Sar said.
“I’d compare him a little bit to Scholesy, although Scholesy had a cracker of a shot from 30/40 yards out and that’s not Donny’s strength, but he likes to come into the box and chip in with goals. Maybe it’s unfair to compare him to Scholesy actually, but he’s a good lad and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to the team that Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is creating for United.
“I presume he’s had a talk with Ole and they’ve talked about different positions [he can play]. He’s multi-functional, he can play a little bit deeper which I think is his preferred role."