Manchester United fans were left deeply unsatisfied after deadline day passed without the club bringing in a new forward or midfielder.
Romelu Lukaku left for Inter Milan but, despite reports linking Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic with a move to Old Trafford, no replacement was signed.
Fans vented their anger on social media. #Woodward out was trending on Twitter for most of Thursday because supporters are fed up with the club’s executive vice-chairman.
The complete squad overhaul that fans expected failed to materialise.
Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire were the three new arrivals, while Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Lukaku were the only notable departures.
- Sanchez offered to Roma on loan
- Rio Ferdinand's top four prediction
- Neville's savage tweet about Lukaku
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists it has been a good transfer window for the Red Devils.
“Within the team and club we are feeling very confident, we don't feel that negativity you're talking about,” Solskjaer told reporters, per the Daily Mail, on Friday.
“That isn't the feeling inside the club, it's not the feeling with fans I've met. They are excited. There are always going to be fans out there wanting to sign players, that's just part and parcel of being here. So the players are here now and they have been shown that trust and we believe in them.
“I said earlier in pre-season and last season as well, it's not about a quick fix it's a longer rebuild.”
Solskjaer is a big believer in youth and the likes of Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes can all expect plenty of minutes this season.
The United boss and his coaching staff will be acutely aware of the strength in depth that the team possesses in every area of the pitch.
And if they’re not panicking, then the fans probably shouldn’t be either.
A graphic showing United’s full squad depth after the transfer window closed on Thursday has been posted on Reddit and it proves there’s quality in just about every position on the pitch.
United are well-stocked in this position. David de Gea is one of the world’s best goalkeepers, while Sergio Romero might just be the best back-up ‘keeper in the Premier League right now.
If anything, United currently have too many centre-backs on their books.
The only question is: which central defender partners Maguire against Chelsea on Sunday?
While this position may look threadbare on paper, it’s important to note that Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian can also play in this position.
Wan-Bissaka will be kept on his toes by the likes of Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
It’s imperative that United keep Paul Pogba, who is easily the club’s outstanding midfielder.
Fred needs to step up this season after flattering to deceive last term, while it’s also another big season for Scott McTominay.
Again, this position looks quite weak on paper, but don’t forget that Pogba, Jesse Lingard and even Marcus Rashford can all play in behind a central striker, as well as Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira and Gomes.
Can we count Alexis Sanchez? The Chilean forward enjoyed a decent Copa America, so perhaps we shouldn’t write him off completely.
Dan James, though, could make the left-wing position his own this season.
Lingard, Chong, Rashford and Sanchez can all play on the right, as can James.
The Red Devils could have done with at least one more forward - Dybala would have been nice - but Rashford, Greenwood and Martial, who has been handed the No. 9 shirt, all now have the opportunity to show they deserve to be the club’s main centre-forward.
Feel a little bit more confident now, United fans? Or still fear the worst?
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