Manchester United have already been very busy in this season’s summer window, making five new additions in the shape of Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, a few new faces may still be set to join this new look Manchester United team!
United have undergone major surgery following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from the club at the end of the 2012/13 season. They have spent well over £200 million and brought in an abundance of talent.
This is mainly due to the fact that the squad left to David Moyes after Ferguson’s rein, although talented, was an ageing squad and they slumped to a poor seventh place, dropping out of the Champions League places for the first time in Premier League history.
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It was an unfortunate time for Moyes, handpicked by Sir Alex himself, his tenure was short lived as United had a dire season, inevitably, getting the boot. He added two players to his squad in the shape of Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini for a combined £65 million.
The problem for Moyes was he didn’t have a game plan and struggled to fit Mata, Van Persie and Rooney all in the starting 11. Mata was often getting fielded out wide or even in the central midfield role at times, which didn’t suit the Spaniards play making qualities at all.
The Fellaini transfer was an entirely different issue; the price tag seemed to be the problem here. Bought for just over £27 million, many fans and pundits alike questioned this huge price tag, naming this buy as a sign of desperation after United completed this deal in the last hour on transfer deadline day.
The big Belgian struggled to take the pressure after making his dream move to United and found himself regularly on the bench.
Louis van Gaal led United to fourth place in the Premier League last season so met the criteria set by the club’s hierarchy. This season, however, a repeat will not be acceptable after spending over £50 million on new talent. United must be challenging for the title this season and anything short of this will be unacceptable.
United have already made five and a deal for Pedro looks imminent as United look to replace Di Maria. Pedro is a fantastic talent and United can offer him the first team football he craves as well as offering him a new challenge.
David De Gea could well be heading for the exit door this summer, with Van Gaal reportedly wanting to cash in on the unsettled keeper sooner rather than later. If De Gea did depart, United would have to spend big and find a new number one, and have been linked with Hugo Lloris and Jasper Cillessen.
United are also interested in Everton’s John Stones, although it’s thought Chelsea are in pole position to sign the youngster. However Everton have been linked with centre back, Jonny Evans. Everton have also expressed interest in United’s Belgian wonder kid, Adnan Januzaj, and could also offer Everton him on loan to sweeten the deal.
Manchester United certainly look in good shape to make a serious title challenge this season. They have already made some excellent signings and look set to make a couple more before the window shuts.
United have the strength in depth and quality to go all the way this season and with Van Gaal at the helm, the Premier League trophy could finally be making its way back to the red side of Manchester!