Manchester United fans may look back on the summer transfer window feeling hard done by, to say the least.
So Mirror Sport has taken a look back over a summer of disappointment and what-could-have-been for United.
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The Borussia Dortmund was top priority for United this summer, having scored 20 goals and made 20 assists in the 2019/20 campaign.
Despite Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood getting 63 goals between them last year, depth in attacking options was a requirement from Solskjaer.
The saying goes “if 100 people tell you you’re dead, lie down” – looks like United didn’t get the message.
Part of United’s plan at the start of the window had been to sign a young forward as well as one with experience.
Despite only playing 20 games last season, the Welshman’s four Champions League wins were seen to fit the bill ahead of United’s European campaign.
But delays from Ed Woodward over a decision put the forward off an Old Trafford, instead opting for a Tottenham return.
While Bale’s itchy feet proved to be the deal’s undoing, his travel partner from Spain was a hammer blow to United.
If a forward was top of the list for United, a left-back would have been second.
Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams shared the position last season – but that only highlights it as a neglected position by Solskjaer.
Then Reguilon showed up, having impressed the United board in the Sevilla’s Europa League semi-final win.
Once again, Woodward got to the negotiating table with the 23-year-old over a £23m deal for the Spaniard last month.
Picking up a theme yet?
With the sun starting to set on the transfer window, United’s hunt saw them go through the list of previous rejections.
And it took them to the Serie A youngster, who now has 34 goals in more than 150 appearances.
United were shown the door with a £60m bid for Chiesa – but it did not stop them having another bite of the cherry.
The Old Lady have brought the 22-year-old in a two-year loan deal, paying €3m (£2.7m) and €7m (£6.35m) before having the option to buy for €40m (£36.3m).
With United’ history in this transfer window, this just seemed like boys against men.
Reguilon was actually United’s second target for full-back after failing to capture Leicester’s former defender.
Chilwell’s part in an impressive campaign for the Foxes last year earned speculation of a battle between Solskjaer and Frank Lampard.
And United had once again managed to get in early – but then doubts and hesitation crept in…
Despite the strong performances of Bruno Fernandes and arrival of van de Beek, another attacking midfielder was requirement No.3 at Old Trafford.
United made it to the table with the Birmingham side – but another failure to act quickly saw the midfielder’s side pounce.
Villa locked him up in a £130,000-a-week five-year deal last month that will require £80m to pry away.
Money and confidence – two things United appeared to lack this summer.
It is a carbon-copy story when it comes to Grealish’s international team-mate and Leicester No.10.
With six goals and three assists, the 23-year-old was touted as an alternative by United before the window opened.
Enter a bumper contract extension that put the Englishman on £95,000-a-week until 2023, stopping United in their tracks.
Broken record yet?
Did you know there’s no such thing as a plural for the word “priority”? That may be a shame for United.
A centre-back would make it four requirements from the transfer window, especially after seeing 11 goals conceded in their first three league games.
While his age  and £80m appeared to put United off a move, United’s leaky performances may suggest this was a missed opportunity.
With the clock ticking on United’s search for a forward, they turned to Watford ’s youngster after an impressive debut Premier League season.
After Liverpool walked away from a deal, United looking into an opportunity for a season-long loan – but the Hornets have made comments previously suggesting they want a fee.
There may be more to come from this deal due to the domestic decline falling on October 16 but the impact of an extra forward would be lost on the Champions League campaign.
The final port of call in United’s pursuit of a forward took them to the Nou Camp and a player who has been plagued with injury.
But it did not stop Solskjaer enquiring about the 23-year-old, looking to capitalise on Barcelona’s hopes of signing Memphis Depay.
And it appeared the United had learnt their lesson from previous forward pursuits, offering £55m for the Frenchman.
With hours to the deadline, though, the Spanish side would not consider it.
Too little, too late, some may say.
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