Agents have no confidence in Manchester United's ability in the transfer market.
That's the claim of French journalist Julien Laurens.
United are irritated by a social media frenzy over their lack of transfer activity.
The club are concerned the reports could have a negative impact on the team.
And Laurens said on ESPN: "Is this some sort of a joke? Are they kidding me?
"Are Manchester United actually not understanding the frustrations of their own fans?
"Not for the fake news or transfers and being linked with players they're not really linked with.
"No, no, for the players they were in for, but they keep missing out, year after year, summer after summer. The same thing happening every time."
Naming a few examples of United's missed targets, he added: "Gabriel, they were interested in, I can tell you that. They missed out on him, they would have signed him.
"Bruno Fernandes, it took them 18 months to sign him.
"Erling Haaland chose another club.
"Jadon Sancho - it's still not happening. I mean every summer, it's the same. If you're a United fan - you go crazy.
"The tea lady, the guy at the security gate, I don't care. They're incompetent when it comes to transfers.
"And that's why their own fans are frustrated. I swear some of the players must be frustrated by the lack of reinforcements, by how bad they are in the transfer window.
"All the agents say it."