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Why Manchester United's transfer activity was better than Chelsea's

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Since the close of the transfer window, Manchester United have come in for heavy criticism for their activity in the market.

Now, don't get me wrong, United made many mistakes throughout the window, and the hierarchy at Old Trafford certainly must look at themselves.

However, when taking everything into account, the Red Devils won the league title last season, and for many, just missed a powerful central-midfielder.

Despite United paying £4 million more than what should have for Marouane Fellaini, David Moyes did eventually bring a much needed midfielder to Old Trafford.

And, Fellaini may not be the marquee signing the United faithful were looking for, however he will perfectly slot into the midfield alongside English international Michael Carrick.

The Belgian international may not have been first choice or even second choice for United, but what he represents is the type of signing that United needed.

Additionally, Moyes was able to hang on to key man Wayne Rooney. There can be no underestimating the importance of Rooney to Manchester United.

United, without Rooney, are not quite the same side - that was shown at Anfield on Sunday.

That brings me on to the team desperate for Rooney's signature, Chelsea.

The Blues were very public (like Manchestser United were for Fabregas) with their intentions on signing Rooney.

However, a move for the Englishman ultimately failed and Jose Mourinho opted for Samuel Eto'o.

It was no secret that Manchester United desperately needed a central-midfielder and it was also no secret that Chelsea desperately needed a striker - Mourinho made that clear as he was focussed on signing Rooney.

However, as stated, Eto'o eventually came to Stamford Bridge. But, at 32-years-old, the Cameroon international is well past his best. Eto'o is certainly not the same player he was at Barcelona or even Inter Milan.

And surely Romelu Lukaku would have represented a better option for Mourinho. All summer, the Blues boss had stated the Belgian youngster would play a key role at Chelsea this season, but on deadline day, Lukaku was shipped out for another campaign as he went on loan to Everton.

Lukaku is powerful, strong and now a proven Premier League goalscorer, so why has Mourinho decided that Eto'o represents a better option?

The Blues' strange activity hasn't stopped there - their other key signings this summer, were Willian, Christian Atsu, Andre Schurrle and Marko Van Ginkel.

Where Van Ginkel operates more in the central of midfield, the other three players are attacking-midfielders.

And, with the likes of Oscar, Ramires, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, how does Mourinho plan to occupy all of this talent?

Just a few games into the season, it's already clear that something is not quite right with Mata at the Bridge. He's been continuously overlooked so far this season and the 'Special One' must find a way to keep him happy.

Chelsea needed a world-class striker - they didn't sign one. Chelsea didn't need an attacking midfielder - they signed a hatful. Chelsea needed Lukaku - they loaned him out.

Manchester United missed out on several targets, handled themselves badly all summer, however needed a powerful central-midfielder - they got one!

In the end, United made mistakes but signed a player they very much needed. Chelsea meanwhile, have spent unnecessarily and not strengthened in positions that they desperately needed improving upon.

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