For years Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United pulled off the impossible season after season, out-playing and out-classing high spending opposition with a seemingly average squad of players.
Ex-United manager, Ferguson, was renowned for getting the best out of players that wouldn't have made opposition managers bat an eye-lid.
This transfer window has shown a side of United that isn't recognisable, a host of what seem to be panic buys, with a signings theory that bolstered an already strong attack, whilst forgetting to strengthen a defence that looks bordering on mid-table level.
There are issues in United's defence that haven't been specifically dealt with, the Mancunian club fans were screaming out for a leader at centre-back, a defender that would stand up and be counted for.
United have bought quality players
Don't get me wrong, United have made some superb signings this summer: Luke Shaw, Falcao, and Di Maria being my pick of the bunch.
Shaw, 19, had a superb season for Southampton, with his eye-catching defensive play, and attacking speed and skill that many Premier League wingers would be jealous of.
Di Maria comes with weight on his shoulders no different to the recently departed Fernando Torres, with a £60 million transfer fee.
The Argentinian winger offers United something they've lacked since the Ronaldo days, a winger that can attack with pace, offer vision, and finish like a striker at times.
Finally, Falcao, what more needs to be said over arguably the deadliest striker in the world.
The Colombian joins Man United after a injury plagued summer which saw him miss out on the Colombians World Cup.
The striker will offer speed and movement that the fading Robin van Persie seems to have lost during the opening games of this season.
Did United buy the right players?
But for all these superb signings, United have also bought a transfer scratch card and risked purchasing players that seemingly haven't been proved at a high level.
Marcos Rojo is a player that's had a superb World Cup, but has also sat comfortably un-tested in a Portuguese league that is good, but not great.
The central midfield signing of Ander Herrera has come with mixed reactions from the United fans, on one hand the young midfielder clearly has talent, but again he's never played at a high level, and is yet to be put through his paces in the Premier League.
United needed a centre-back
But the big player missing is a center back, a leader that will pick up a dreary looking team and motivate them on and off the pitch.
Ever since the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, the club has lacked a leader on the field. This seasons defensive level relies on the performances of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, two players that don't seem to live up to the 'Manchester United' reputation.
It's a shame to see a club of Manchester Uniteds stature on a severe decline from the glory years under Ferguson, but it seems we haven't seen the last of this big club.
Yes, their defence is weak, but their attack is a formidable force that would striker fear into any defensive partnership in the world.
They will concede goals, but they will score goals, whether it'll be a successful season for United, and Van Gaal, we shall see.
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