Manchester United transfer window: Triumph or disaster?

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Manchester United's transfer window - a triumph or a disaster?

There seems to be a difference of opinion between those who see United's business as farcical and those that are quietly pleased with the acquisition of a proven Premier League midfielder.

Privately, United are reportedly surprised by the reaction to their transfer dealings, with many media outlets - including this one - subjecting the club to heavy criticism.

It's easy to see why many criticise - but at the same time a case can be made that it's not all that bad.

So we've laid out the two arguments below and we want you to choose which you think is more believable.

So which is it to be - were United's transfer dealings a disaster or were they a success? 

Case number 1: The transfer window was a disaster

1. Their rivals got much better - Chelsea signed Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto'o and Willian, Manchester City got Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho and Stevan Jovetic. Manchester United didn't.

2. They didn't sign their first or second choice midfield target. Cesc Fabregas snubbed them, then the Ander Herrera deal collapsed in embarrassing fashion. That meant they had to rush through an eleventh hour deal for Marouane Fellaini.

3. The club was embarrassed. How does a situation like 'the impostors' happen? Apparently like this.

4. The club looked incompetent. What was that last-minute move for Fabio Coentrao all about? It came off as desperate, and then they couldn't even pull it off anyway.

5. Patrice Evra must be fuming. It was pretty obvious Moyes was trying to replace him - first the bids for Leighton Baines and then the Coentrao deal. Alienating a senior member of the squad is always dangerous, especially when you've got no cover for him. (Buttner is not good enough by the way)

Case number 2: The transfer window was a success

1. United landed a central midfielder - the club's one massive need! And Marouane Fellaini is a proven Premier League player, so there's little risk despite the price tag.

2. Their rivals didn't get better - Chelsea failed to land a world-class striker (Eto'o isn't the player he was). And Manchester City's additions still need time to gel as evidenced by the 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City.

3. Wayne Rooney stayed put. The United striker will be absolutely crucial to the club's hopes of defending their Premier League title. Alongside Robin Van Persie, he's their most talented attacking threat.

4. They're defending champions. A complete overhaul of the squad was not needed - especially because they won the league by a massive 11 points. Small improvements were required, and they've done just that.

5. Wilfried Zaha is that second summer signing. He may have been signed in January, but Zaha joins the squad this season for the first time. He excites the fans, and could become a key squad player off the bench for the champions this season. Zaha and Fellaini make a Premier League-winning squad better.

So which is it - case one or case two? Have your say below...

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