McTominay has looked above average previously and would be a great player to have as a backup, but there are numerous upgrades for him available that could have been purchased with the Sancho budget.
Brighton’s Yves Bissouma may have left the South Coast for slightly less than what was paid to Dortmund. United could have nipped in before Real Madrid to sign Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes. If pushed for by Solskjaer, the Glazers may have coughed up a further £23m to sign Declan Rice from West Ham.
According to numerous reports, the Hammers are only willing to part ways with the 22-year-old for £100m, which may be a big hit in the short term but his potential over the coming years could make the triple-figure fee worthwhile.
The Independent revealed that Rice is now United’s priority in the next few transfer windows, but it could be too late by then as they won’t be the only ones interested following the Englishman’s impressive displays so far this campaign.
Maybe Solskjaer should have separated his needs and wants prior to the 2021 summer transfer window, especially with Pogba potentially departing at the end of the season when his contract expires. The lack of a world-class holding midfielder could be the difference between lifting the Premier League at the end of the season or being left empty-handed.