Alexis Sanchez rued Manchester United's failure to bring in "many more world-class players" ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline and pointed to new Barcelona recruit Arturo Vidal as the calibre of star the club should be targeting.
United have added only midfielder Fred, full-back Diogo Dalot and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant to their squad this summer, and with the Premier League's transfer window now closed there can only be departures from Old Trafford.
Speaking before the deadline to ESPN Brasil's Natalie Gedra, the forward said: "I would have liked that they had signed many more world-class players. But it's the club's decision."
Sanchez believes more signings needed to be made if the Red Devils are to compete for major silverware, having called for the club to do more business, per Michael Hincks of Sky Sports:
"At United we have to sign big players, with experience. Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile. He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level."
The most likely addition for United on deadline day would have been a new centre-back.
Leicester City's Harry Maguire, Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld, Barcelona's Yerry Mina and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng were all been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but United were left empty-handed.
Football writer Liam Canning lamented their failure to make any more additions:
According to Fraser Dainton of Sky Sports News, money is a key issue as the Manchester giants were "not keen to be spending over the odds for particular players."
An inactive deadline day will not have satisfied Sanchez, who has only been at United since joining from Arsenal back in January.
The Chilean was not at his best in the second half of 2017-18, but having enjoyed a rare summer off and a full pre-season, he could hit the ground running when United start their new Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.
In a largely disappointing tour of the United States for United, Sanchez was a rare bright spark, per football analyst David O'Brien:
As well as addressing potential new signings, the 29-year-old also talked up the impact of Fred, who joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk back in June, per Hincks: "From what I've seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we'll be able to combine well, and it will be good for my game."
According to Gedra, he added: "The truth is that [Fred] impressed me a lot in his first game. It's what the team lacked—someone who plays 'jogo bonito,' as they say in Brazil. And Andreas Pereira too. I think they are two players who have quality and they could help me a lot."