Why Manchester United could regret not signing Ante Rebic this summer
Manchester United weren’t able to buy new players in abundance this summer. They got Fred and Diogo Dalot as reinforcements in, however, the Red Devils did not buy a right-winger, which was certainly the need of the hour back then.
As reported by Metro, Man United approached Eintracht Frankfurt’s World Cup runner-up, Ante Rebic. The Croatian had a price tag of around £44m, which frankly isn’t a very high number for a club of Manchester United’s financial ability.
Here’s why United’s decision to not push for Rebic would come back to haunt them during the course of the season.
Rebic a perfect player for Mourinho system
The Croat is a hard-working versatile forward who can play as a winger, or as a striker when required. His work rate off the ball is something admirable, as he tracks back to help the full-backs on every given occasion.
In possession, he is a direct-runner with the ball, taking on full-backs in wide areas to put in devilish crosses. He can play as a striker as well, so he could have replaced Lukaku during an injury crisis.
Man United clearly need a top class right-winger and the should have pushed hard to capture Ante Rebic.
Despite having Marcus Rashford in the ranks, Mourinho could have got a World Cup runner-up as his right winger and/or backup striker.
No wonder the Manchester United manager is a grumpy man. There seems to be a feeling of a missed opportunity at Old Trafford in terms of transfer business done, and Rebic could be one of those misses.
The Red Devils need to deal with that now and concentrate on playing the season well. However, these transfer slip-ups really do come back to haunt the manager.