This transfer window is already a hundred times better for Manchester United than it was last summer, where it was a summer of rejection in the year of transition.
Manchester United have already acquired two required men but that is surely not the end to the summer shopping spree from Van Gaal and co.
Van Gaal v Moyes
Moyes wanted Herrera but Van Gaal got him. Moyes wanted Shaw but Van Gaal got him. Moyes got Fellaini...enough said. Now, obviously you cannot put the sole blame on Moyes as Woodward has to take some of the responsibility for a poor showing in the summer transfer window, but it was clear from the start that Moyes did not have the same CV to compete with others and in particular a stone faced Dutchman named Louis Van Gaal.
Mr. Van Gaal has the capabilities to convince players that it will only be (realistically) one season out of the Champions League, that unity will be restored to a disjointed team and that Manchester United can be a dominant force once again. It has clearly worked with the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, as these two rising superstars were being courted by some of the biggest teams in Europe.
Herrera at United
Now, the men that Manchester United have already acquired are exactly what the Red Devils needed. Herrera is a box to box midfielder, a young enthusiastic player who can assist with the running alongside Carrick but also has the ability to carry the ball with confidence and start an attack. Last season he managed to claim five goals, five assists, 1.6 key passes per match and 2.1 scoring attempts per match.
These four key areas were better than Toni Kroos (another Manchester United target). Ander Herrera was unfortunate not to make the Spain squad for this World Cup but playing with David De Gea and Juan Mata will only help his credentials for Euro 2016 in France as the Manchester United threesome look destined to take over from the old guard.
Shaw at United
A new left back has been needed for many years now at Old Trafford as Patrice Evra has not been defensively consistent for the former champions. Although it is very early in Luke Shaw's career he does look the real deal. Recently, he became the youngest English player to make an appearance at the World Cup breaking former Reds striker Micheal Owen's record.
Shaw looks strong in a tackle, lightning quick and not afraid to put the graft in going forward and getting back. £30 million is an awful lot of money and this is where I share the same view as Paul Scholes about the the transfer market. Just because you are a young English player does not mean you should be worth more than any other player who has the same ability as you.
However, I do not share the same view as him that the money should have been invested in a striker, and not Luke Shaw. An 18 year old who is going from strength to strength will be around (if not tempted away) for possibly another fifteen years. This could be one of Manchester United's greatest investments.
Who is next?
Manchester United are also linked with a number of big names such as Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, Feyenoord's Stefan de Vrij, Juventus' Arturo Vidal, Monaco's James Rodriquez, Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and even Fenerbache's Dirk Kuyt. This suggests that Van Gaal is not finished in the transfer market. With the deals not already in place for other players, you can bet your bottom dollar that Manchester United will learn from their mistakes and get them done this time round so they can become real title challengers once again.
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