Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin: The right signings?

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There seems to have emerged a narrative of almost epic proportions that Louis van Gaal is the man sent to resurrect Manchester United after the demise of the Fergie empire; and it would seem this means he can therefore do no wrong.   

I can't be the only one reading about the magnificent double swoop for Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin and thinking in theory yes, but in practice?   

Take nothing away from Schweinsteiger, he has been an outstanding player over the years, undoubtably world class; but at 31 years old and for a reported £14 million, is that shades of Di Maria I hear whispering in the wind.


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No doubt his best years are behind him and how much impact can we honestly expect him to have?

A reasonable amount? Sure. A figure head of United? Maybe. Enough to turn a title race? I think not. And isn't that the main goal, not only to be competitive but to somehow reclaim that 11 point dominance that went out with Fergie.

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Maybe we should stop patting people on the back for spending upwards of £220 million on one of the greatest teams of the modern era and finishing 4th.   

But I digress, it's nothing against the players personally I happen to think they're both great individuals and would be welcome additions to most teams, but the problem is United really don't need them.

There's an already congested midfield boasting recent signings Ander Herrera (£29 million), Daley Blind (£13.8 million), Marouane Fellani (£27.5 million), Juan Mata (£37.1 million), not to mention stalwarts such as Michael Carrick.

And where does this leave the once promising Manchester United youth system? Adnan Januzaj, Jesse Lingard anyone?

Cast to the wayside or shipped out on loan, nowhere near the first team. What if this was the case for the class of 92? This season saw the first Manchester derby which contained not one local player in either starting line up.   

So how does the maths work out? How can Van Gaal keep all these big names happy, or failing that, justify leaving such big price tags out of the match-day squad?

Getting rid of Di Maria was a must but again hardly reflects good business, taking a loss of over £15 million for one season on a player who rarely shone.

Was Di Maria the first of the rats leaving the sinking ship? All I’m saying is if Van Gaal doesn't deliver some silverware this season it may be time to start looking for someone who can.

The managerial merry-go-round never helps to stabilize a team in transition, true, but all things considered is Van Gaal really doing enough?

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