Manchester United may have not made any big money moves on deadline day, but they still managed to recruit a very important signing.
Jose Mourinho has continued his overall strengthening of the club with the acquisition of Atletico Madrid’s chief scout, Gerardo Guzman.
Guzman had been responsible for finding the world’s best talent under the age of 23 for Atleti but now he will continue his research in Manchester.
Last month, Mourinho also added Kieran McKenna from Tottenham and Arsenal’s former scout Sandro Orlandelli as he looks to ensure everything within the club set-up is ready and reinforced for a title bid.
Atletico have replaced Guzman with Natanael Cano from third division outfit San Fernando.
Other than this particular deal off the pitch, the Red Devils were still busy.
Three youth prospects have been added to the growing list of players not handed an opportunity under Mourinho, who is not known for entrusting youngsters with first-team opportunities.
James Weir, 21, left in a permanent deal to join Hull to add to their midfield, whilst goalkeeper Dean Henderson has joined League Two outfit Grimsby Town.
Joel Castro Pereira has also joined Belenenses in a temporary move.
Manchester United fans can be quite happy with their business in the market however, after a quartet of extraordinary stars were brought to Old Trafford.
Eric Bailly’s early arrival was followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, and whilst a move for Jose Fonte did not proceed, it can be considered a few months well spent.
In January, there is unlikely to be any moves for any eye-catching names unless injuries hamper Mourinho’s team, with the emphasis likely to be on offloading a number of fringe players, such as Marcos Rojo and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Matteo Darmian could also see the exit door if Antonio Valencia maintains his impressive early season performances.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.