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Manchester United: What went wrong this summer?

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It was never going to be easy replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. He achieved more in his 26 years at the Old Trafford than some clubs have in their entire existence. Coupled with the assured leadership of the business side of the club from David Gill, David Moyes and Ed Woodward knew that it was a tough act to follow.

However so disastrous was the new regime's first transfer window, fans and writers alike are scratching their heads at just what went wrong.

The strategy, or lack there of, to secure a marquee attacking midfield signing, was given even more importance when at the start of the window it was declared that there was money in the pot and United were prepared to spend. Fast forward to the manner of scattergun last minute bids for Ander Herrera and apparently Sami Khedira, United fans are asking the question of what went wrong.

Failing to attract big names from Barcelona is nothing to be ashamed of, the allure of Pep Guardiola was always going to attract Thiago Alcantara and ultimately Cesc Fabregas was never going to leave unless he was forced out.

However only securing the signature of Marouane Fellaini for £4 million more than they could've done four weeks earlier, it seems that United settled for a player who was always upgrading clubs and as such was always going to move. This could be a reason behind why they didn't move for Fellaini when his release clause was still active.

Central midfield has been the weak position for United, since they brought Paul Scholes out of retirement, no one has ever stepped up to become a must select since Michael Carrick's excellent campaign last year.

Having identified that, Moyes and Woodward felt creativity was what was lacking and so went for the players they felt would make a difference. Why yesterday they were scrambling to sign two solid holding midfielders at deadline doesn't make sense compared to the attempted signings in June.

If creativity was so important, why did the club not make a move for Mesut Ozil when it became clear Real Madrid were willing to sell? Ozil is comfortably in the top bracket of players in his position. Since joining Real Madrid in 2010, Ozil has the most assists out of Europe's top five leagues with 47, a statistic which suggests he has as much creativity as can be delivered from an attacking midfielder.

Arsenal have secured a truly world class talent, who at 24 is probably going to be at the Emirates for what can be considered the peak years and can easily justify the extra £15 million more expensive he was than Fellaini.

It shouldn't be all doom and gloom for United fans. Fellaini brings some much needed mettle into a midfield bossed around too easily against Liverpool, and if deployed alongside Carrick should allow United's wingers to stay further forward rather than tucking in to cover so much. All to often in the match against Liverpool, Carrick and Tom Cleverley were pushed back against United's defence compressing the pitch and allowing for their high pressing game.

If United are still within touching distance of the top of the league at Christmas, they can always reinforce again in January, perhaps when prices are more reasonable than this summer.

However the pressure is on that they do get things right, if they continue with the policy of under-bidding and poor negotiation then the noises for them to be removed will be louder than the neighbours, and their five new players, who came at a bargain £102 million.

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