Manchester United’s recent history has been wrought with turmoil since the departure of long-standing manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Something that characterised Ferguson’s reign was his ability to pluck someone from obscurity and turn them into a world-class player (although it could be argued he lost his touch towards the end signing the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling).
This was business the Scot could usually do swiftly at the beginning of a transfer window, but similar scenes have not been witnessed at Old Trafford of late. Until now…
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After two seasons of consolidation, United’s early signings this year seem to indicate that they are preparing to mount an assault on the title once again.
Morgan Schneiderlin quickly followed Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils making him their fourth signing already this summer. It would now appear that Van Gaal seems to be building a team capable of an improvement on 2014/15’s 4th placed finish.
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The fact United have done such a significant amount of business - bringing in Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin - in such a short amount of time, represents a marked improvement on the efforts of the last two years.
David Moyes’ summer transfer window wielded only one transfer of note, the £27.5million deal for Marouane Fellaini, which was completed late in a poor beginning to his woeful tenure. More recently, Van Gaal had a more successful window, bringing in Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
All of these signings however were made in late August, when the season had already started, meaning the transition period was much tougher for the squad.
Thanks to the Red Devils' speed in making this year’s moves, the players will be able to join the squad on their pre-season tour, set to begin against Club America on July 17.
This means they’ll be able to integrate with the squad, understand the team philosophies and pick up a grasp of the language. All of these things should be key in the early stages of the season, as some teams have players still getting used to the conditions, while United should be raring to go.
The Stretford End faithful can finally be confident of having a prosperous season; something they haven’t had in the past couple of years.
United fans, do you think the early business will stand United in good stead for the season to come? Let us know what you think of the deals in the comments box below.