How do Manchester United's summer signings rate so far?

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Louis van Gaal has once again splashed the cash this summer, with the figure spent on new recruits soaring beyond £100 million following the transfer deadline day addition of 19-year-old Anthony Martial from AS Monaco.

Manchester United fans will be hoping that the new faces will have an immediate impact and help the Red Devils mount a serious challenge for a 21st league title and bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

Early signs have been reasonably positive, with three clean sheets in the first three league games and a 7-1 aggregate win over Belgian outfit Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs, though United fans have been forced to temper their expectations after Sunday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to Swansea.


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As the signings begin to adjust to their new surroundings, only time will tell whether United’s purchases will truly make an impression.

Memphis Depay

The Dutchman arrives fresh from a title winning season with PSV Eindhoven in which he was also crowned the league’s top scorer with 22 goals and Eredivisie Young Player of the Year.

Depay comes to Old Trafford with a glowing reputation as one of the World’s best youngsters and his early performances haven’t disappointed. A brace against Club Brugge proved his talent and early signs suggest United could have a star in the making.

Rating: 8/10

Morgan Schneiderlin

Schneiderlin completed his big-money move to United after attracting interest from numerous Premier League clubs, particularly rivals Arsenal.

The French international has been quietly impressive so far, registering more interceptions and passes than any other player this season, with an average of three interceptions and 64 passes per game.

Rating: 7/10

Matteo Darmian

Arguably the most impressive of Van Gaal’s summer signings so far, Darmian looks to represent great value for money after signing for a fee of just £12 million from Torino.

Comfortable in possession, sharp in defence and shows flair going forward, the full-back was voted man of the match after an impressive debut display in United’s 1-0 win against Tottenham, and will have already secured his place as United's first-choice right-back ahead of Antonio Valencia.

Rating: 9/10

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The Germany captain is one of the most decorated and experienced players in world football, but despite this, Schweinsteiger has only started two in six games for United and could struggle to cement a place in the side ahead of Michael Carrick.

At 31-years-old, the midfielder’s best days are behind him and it seems doubtful that he’ll exhibit his best form in a United shirt.

Rating: 6/10

Sergio Romero

The Argentina No. 1 has started all of United’s six games so far, but it now looks likely that with David de Gea staying in Manchester after a chaotic deadline day that resulted in his move to Real Madrid collapsing at the final hour, Romero will have a battle on his hands to retain his spot in the side.

His distribution has looked dodgy at the best of times, and he was beaten at his near post for Swansea’s winner. However, the Argentine has kept three clean sheets in four Premier League games and will provide fierce competition for the out-of-sorts De Gea.

Rating: 6/10

Anthony Martial

The French striker commanded a £36 million fee which makes him the most expensive teenager in football history.

One could definitely consider the substantial fee as a huge gamble, but should Martial live up to expectations then he will more than repay his price tag. Dubbed the next Thierry Henry, Martial is still only 19-years-old and could be in line to make his international debut after recently being called up for France’s upcoming friendlies against Portugal and Serbia.

The youngster will provide much needed backup for captain Wayne Rooney following the sale of Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen, and offers another option going forward should Van Gaal wish to play with two strikers.

The Frenchman will also use his pace to offer another outlet in behind the opposition’s defence - something that the club have been lacking in their opening games.

While it’s impossible to truly rate a player before they’ve even kicked a ball, Martial has proven in his short career that he possesses the quality and potential to become a United icon, although the price represents a huge risk should he not.

Rating: 6/10

Regan Poole

At the tender age of 17, Poole is definitely one for the future and will most likely join up with the Under-18 squad for the time being.

The young centre-back made 15 appearances over two seasons at Newport County and has been capped six times for Wales' Under-17s team.

He arrives with a blistering reputation and was being chased by various other Premier League and Championship sides, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll manage to establish himself at the top level in the future.

At a fee of just £400,000, though, he’s a gamble worth taking and United could have secured a bargain buy should he go on to become a first-team player.

Rating: 7/10

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