Manchester United fans the world over rejoiced at yesterday’s news as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin joined the club in a £39 million double deal from Bayern Munich and Southampton respectively.
Having eventually limped to fourth place last the season, the 13 time Premier League Champions were screaming out for new additions to their midfield.
The additions of Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin will come as a huge relief to United fans as the club continues to rebuild following the Sir Alex Ferguson era, but how will the new look midfield come together?
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Their lack of fluidity and ability to break down teams, in the absence of Michael Carrick, was evident during poor runs of form at the beginning and end of the season. The 25 and 30-year-old's are players that will allow United's midfield to run smoothly in the eventuality of a Carrick injury.
A midfield three of Carrick, Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger may not happen too often, with the England international unable to play every game and question marks over the fitness of Schweinsteiger there are still places up for grabs in the United midfield.
Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones were all used as cover for Carrick last season but it would come as a surprise if we saw much of that next season.
The former Southampton and Bayern Munich men have proven they are capable of filling the role Van Gaal is looking for in the absence of Carrick and are more than capable of playing alongside him.
With a string of fine performances following the turn of the year, Herrera will be looking to kick on and cement his place in the starting line-up for the upcoming season.
Arguably the star of last season for United, Fellaini will always offer a different option for the Dutch manager with his physicality causing panic and confusion in the opposition box.
Mata is also a player that contributes more when playing behind the strikers and come sometimes struggle to make an impact on the game when played on the left. The former Chelsea man has proven his creative ability since moving to Manchester but may find it difficult to hold down a place following the new signings.
Blind struggled to cement a place in midfield in his first Premier League, struggling on occasions when tasked with a defensive midfield role and looked at home in the left full-back position.
The signings of Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay make United's squad look much stronger than this stage last season but there are still areas Van Gaal will be sweating over as the season approaches.
None more so than the current situation with David De Gea and Real Madrid. If the Spanish stopper was to leave, it would highlight the frailties in the centre of defence that the 24-year-old did so well to patch up.
There is also the lack of out and out forwards. The sale of Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce leaves Wayne Rooney and James Wilson as the only striking options.
It is too early to say if the Premier League title will be returning to Old Trafford but these latest signings will allow United to have a good crack at it.
Manchester United fans, how do you think Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin will fit into your midfield next season?