Man Utd chief Ed Woodward requires two transfer actions after West Ham draw

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on July 22, 2020 in Manchester, England.

Manchester United are nearly there. Should they avoid defeat to Leicester on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be back in the Champions League after a one-year absence. 

But the draw with West Ham showed that, while much progress has been made at Old Trafford, transfer deals for Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are absolutely essential.

Manchester United were forced to settle for a point against West Ham in their Premier League showdown at Old Trafford, in a result that leaves their hopes of Champions League qualification in the balance.

The Red Devils were far from their best on home soil and, just before the interval, fell behind to a Michail Antonio penalty.

The West Ham star sent David De Gea the wrong way from 12 yards and an upset looked to be on the cards.

In the end, United did enough to earn a point. Mason Greenwood was the hero, finding the net for the 17th time this season.

The teenager scored after a neat exchange with Anthony Martial meaning that, should Solskjaer’s side avoid defeat to Leicester, the top four is theres.

But the performance was worrying.

And it showed exactly why United need Sancho and Grealish to be signed by Woodward when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.

Greenwood was electric on the right wing once again.

But with Martial and Rashford both enduring off-days by their high standards, it’s clear that United still require more attacking firepower.

If all goes to plan, Solskjaer will have Sancho in his squad for next season.

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