Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku but were unlucky not to get a replacement in before the close of the transfer window.

The swap deal for Paulo Dybala didn’t work out for the Red Devils due to the player’s huge demands and the feeling that he was coming to the club for the wrong reasons.

They also tried to sign Christian Eriksen but the Denmark international preferred a move abroad.

Now they have agreed to a deal to loan out Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan and it is hard to imagine why United let him go.

United now have two make-shift winger/strikers in Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial (who mostly play at the same time), one pure winger in Daniel James, Mason Greenwood who is a 17yr-old with huge responsibility on his young shoulders, Jesse Lingard who is currently out of sorts and a declining Juan Mata.

You look past the starting lineup and you don’t see any game changers, any super subs that could influence a game they are trailing in.

The team looks really stretched and lacks options both in midfield and now in attack.

The Europa League’s Thursday/Sunday schedule is a tough one that requires a big squad which Manchester United currently do not have.

The size of United’s squad or rather the quality of the squad when rotated is a concern for fans who will be wondering if they can really manage a cup run or mount a serious challenge for the title.

Knowing the size of the squad will lead to fans asking the question, “What exactly are we competing for this season? What are our aims?”

Injuries will wear the squad thin for sure. Anthony Martial is set to miss their next game against Southampton which means Mason Greenwood will replace him.

Putting so much hope on someone so young backfires more often than not especially a club with the stature of Manchester United. Granted, youth development is key to United’s culture and success but at the same time lack of experience can create a void of leadership on the pitch in vital times.

The January transfer window could be an alternative route that United can follow to strengthen the squad but not a lot of teams will be willing to let go of their best players and if they do sign, the player often finds it difficult to blend into the system and adapt.

Alexis Sanchez is a prime example.

The United squad is an exceptional one filled with some of the world’s best young talent but a squad built solely on youth is a squad built on a gamble.

As the saying goes, “You can’t win anything with kids.” Or maybe they can, only time will tell.