Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has hit out at Manchester United's transfer policy this summer, insisting that the Red Devils overpaid for three of the six players they signed.
Monaco youngster Anthony Martial was the last addition in a madcap window Manchester United, who also landed Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sergio Romero.
Despite the influx of new players, executive vice-president Ed Woodward and boss Louis van Gaal came in for criticism for failing to land a big-name signing having been linked with the likes of Neymar, Thomas Muller and Gareth Bale, while Martial's £36 million price tag, which could rise to £58 million, also raised eyebrows.
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Since taking over from David Moyes at Manchester United, Van Gaal has splashed close to £200 million on new players and is expected to challenge for the title this year having guided the team to fourth last time round.
Answering questions for the Daily Mail, Keown doesn't believe that Manchester United have spent wisely this summer and believes that could cost them a chance to make it back to the very top.
"It’s been a strange window for United. They did a lot of business early in the window and then had a last-minute panic. But it does look like they have overpaid for a few of their players, particularly Anthony Martial who arrives with little experience and a huge price tag. For a club of United’s size you expect people to up their prices but it’s been another summer of big spending.
"I’m still not sure Morgan Schneiderlin is worth £25million, especially when Bastian Schweinsteiger arrived for around £10million less having achieved so much more in his career. I also think they slightly overpaid for Memphis, though he is certainly an exciting talent, and I have been impressed by Matteo Darmian, who looks a good player."
Manchester United also came in for criticism for their negotiations with Real Madrid over the sale of David de Gea, which fell through at the last minute because the paperwork wasn't registered in time- which left Keown less than impressed.
"The biggest issue for Van Gaal, though, is his man management. The David de Gea saga was farcical but if no offers had been made by Real Madrid until deadline day then he should have been playing.
"Banishing him to the reserves will have done nothing to encourage him to stay. The international break now means things can start to settle down but De Gea, who stayed professional throughout the saga, must surely play on his return. You also wonder whether Van Gaal’s treatment of De Gea and fellow Spanish keeper Victor Valdes had any influence on why one-time target Pedro ended up at Chelsea."
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