Manchester United: The team to beat despite transfer failings

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Manchester United have been heavily criticised for the way they've handled their transfer dealings this summer.

The Red Devils publicly pursued Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas, but failed in an attempt to bring him to Old Trafford and Thiago Alcantara was also heavily linked to United, but instead opted for Bayern Munich.

To make matters worse, on deadline day, United failed in an attempt to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and reports even suggested that the club tried to complete the loan signing of Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, which ultimately failed.

And, Coentrao was only targeted in the first place because United missed out on Leighton Baines.

United were able to pull off one signing - Belgian star Marouane Fellaini will now be a Red Devil for both club and country.

However, even this deal has left fans of United questioning the hierarchy at Old Trafford.
David Moyes and Ed Woodward were well aware that Fellaini had a buyout clause of £23.5 million earlier in the summer, however the club decided to sign the player in the very final moments of the transfer window for £27.5m.

It doesn't really make sense.

So, with the transfer failings at Old Trafford, critics have suggested that United will fall behind their rivals this season.

United may have had a difficult transfer window, to say the least, but writing Moyes' side off just yet would be a big mistake.

Manchester United are the champions after all. Under Sir Alex Ferguson last year, they were 11 points ahead of Manchester City, 14 points ahead of Chelsea and 16 points ahead of Arsenal.

United won the league with ease last season and they certainly haven't got any weaker. In-fact, despite the criticism United have received, they are now a stronger squad and that is why they are still the team to beat in this year's Premier League.

The signing of Fellaini, however it was done, was a big coup for United. Many will argue that the Belgian was third or even fourth choice on Moyes' list of midfield targets, but there is no doubt about it, he is the type of player United need.

He will bring an aerial presence, he's powerful, strong, intimidating and extremely versatile. He can score goals, make goals, bring players into play and add another dimension to United's attack. He will also be out to prove a point that he is capable of playing at the highest level - he will be hungry for success.

Wilfried Zaha has also been added to the squad this season and, despite not being given a chance just yet, he can make an impression at Old Trafford. He will get chances to prove himself and will slowly be integrated into the side.

It's also very important not to forget that Moyes and Woodward were able to keep Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.

When at their best, Rooney and Robin van Persie are easily the best strike-force in the Premier League and there is no reason why the pair can't score a hatful of goals for the champions again in this campaign.

Additionally, Shinji Kagawa, despite struggling to make Moyes' early season plans, could still make a major impact at United this season.

Moyes can also rely on the experience of Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to help him through the hard times. These players know how to win and know how to get the job done come May.

United don't just have experienced stars at their disposal, they also have an array of young stars waiting to shine.

In addition to Zaha, who has already been mentioned, United have Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, David de Gea, Rafael and Danny Welbeck who are all chomping at the bit to further impress the Old Trafford faithful.

Manchester United still ooze quality and shouldn't be written off just yet.

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