Michael Owen has warned Manchester United over spending too much on Bruno Fernandes – because he fears the Sporting Lisbon captain might flop like other big-money signings.
United have so far refused to cough up Sporting’s £68million valuation for the midfielder as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately looks for reinforcements.
And Owen fears Fernandes could suffer the same fate as flops Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria, saying big-name players seem to “regress” when they join United.
The former United striker said “something’s going wrong fundamentally at the club” and implored Red Devils chiefs to figure out why that is before splashing the cash on new signings.
“I think players are turning up there and regressing as football players,” Owen told Premier League Productions.
“I think that’s the most worrying aspect of it all.
“We can all sit here and agree or disagree, Alexis Sanchez was the best player in the Premier League for two, three seasons.
“I think we’d all agree that, he was brilliant. How can you go from that level to being so bad like that?
“You can go on and on and on. I can’t see any player in that team, in the last six, seven years that you think ‘We signed him, he’s now better, he’s getting better as a player’. If anything they stay the same or regress.
“It’s alright saying everything’s bad, but why is it bad?
“If you continue to splash money, Di Maria here, and all these great players – it’s not a coincidence that they’re all just going bad, or they’re bad signings.”
Owen added: “Something’s going wrong fundamentally at the club where they’re not getting the best out of them.
“I think that’s what you’ve got to find out first before you just go and blow another £100m.
“At the minute, as we’ve all said, there’s scattergun signings, there’s scattergun tactics, there’s scattergun everything.
“That’s why I’d be so hesitant if I was holding the purse strings at Manchester United just to go ‘Yeah, go on, go and sign another £100-200m player’ – it’s going to be a waste again.”