This summer Manchester United have spent over £140 million to strengthen Louis Van Gaal’s flailing United side. Here we review how the Old Trafford side have done in their business of offloading as well as recruiting for the season.
Radamel Falcao. Where else could one possibly start? Manchester United have signed one of Europe’s hottest goalscoring talents and all at the last minute from under the noses of Manchester City and Arsenal.
The former Monaco player comes to United following a lengthy injury period which kept him out of Colombia’s World Cup squad but his form prior to injury will excite any fan of the Premier League and not just United fans who are still today reeling at the fact one of Europe’s top strikers has signed for them.
Daley Blind also comes as a late capture and a welcome addition to a United side in need of more defensive options. The 24-year-old’s 29 starts in the Eredivisie with Dutch champions Ajax shows the experience Blind has and also that he has a winning mentality coming into this squad. Blind is also Dutch Player of the Year.
Luke Shaw is one of many that have left Southampton who can also do a job for the Old Trafford outfit in defence. Marcos Rojo is another option brought in from Sporting Lisbon for £16 million.
Van Gaal has recruited a fantastic midfield by signing Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao for £29 million plus Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7 million. When one adds this talent to United’s midfielders of Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj, United’s midfield starts to look a lot stronger than it did last season.
Overall, a good widnow for Manchester United but the lack of a centre back may cause some concern.
List of Ins
Angel Di Maria
The most recent players to leave the club were Danny Welbeck to Arsenal and Javier Hernandez to Real Madrid. Not surprising when you consider that United now have forward options of Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to keep the goals flowing.
Defensively United have let go of Namnja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to Inter Milan and QPR respectively. Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner also left the club to create an almost completely new defence for United.
Nani and Wilfried Zaha left the club on loan to Sporting Lisbon and Crystal Palace respectively after another season where they both haven’t quite lived up to expectations.
Holding onto Jonny Evans means that they still have a player in defence with a history of winning and this mentality is something Van Gaal has been careful not to lose by keeping players who can still add something to the team despite all the comings and goings that have happened at United during this transfer window.
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Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.