Manchester United's new boys; how did the fare vs Tottenham

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Manchester United may have had a let off in terms of their opening day victory against Spurs but is that really the United side we have to look forward to this season after a dip in the transfer market?

United have spent well over £60 million over the summer and were quite flamboyant during their pre-season tour but failed to produce more than one shot on target at the Theatre Of Dreams on Saturday.

Even with the new faces in the squad you have say it felt like deja vu from last season where against Southampton, United were criticised for having only one shot on goal and scoring from it, but against Spurs they failed to score an outright goal with Kyle Walker poking the ball into his own net. 


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Louis Van Gaal had chopped and changed positions of players last season and even on Saturday we saw new boy Memphis Depay playing in the more central number 10 role as opposed to Juan Mata, who was on the right flank.

However Memphis did not impress as much as he would have hoped, but Matteo Darmian was the perfect fit at right back, he provided the defensive cover that United were lacking with Antonio Valencia last season and he even covered Chris Smalling's positions a couple of times in the game, such is his vision.

Sergio Romero seemed a bit nervy with the ball at his feet but he did make some fine saves at the end to deny Spurs and Morgan Schneiderlin was the pick in midfield with most tackles and interceptions and the second highest passes in the game.

He brought on the energy in midfield that United so sorely missed but he did get caught napping with the ball a couple of times. Bastian Scweinsteiger did have quite a reception from the Old Trafford faithful but he had a quiet game and showed his class on the ball, completing 21 of his 23 passes in the game.

This new look United side still needs work and a couple more signings primarily in defence because Daley Blind did not look at all comfortable playing at centre back and United need to sort this out quickly if they want to be serious title contenders this season.

Louis van Gaal does have his work cut out for him but he knows he has to bring glory back at the helm and he needs to do it this season.

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