The Red Devils have been one of the most active teams in this transfer window. They have done some serious business acquiring players that will send chills down the spines of their opponents. If they will get used to playing the Premier League is something that we have to wait and see. With the transfer window closed for the year, let’s take a look at what United were up to in the transfer market.
Last year, the club finished fourth but were not convincing in many games. They had a lot to improve on before the start of the new season and manager Louis van Gaal has certainly been pro-active in the window. He has made some smart buys and has accumulated a squad that can beat the best in Europe.
Memphis Depay(PSV Eindhoven, £25million), Matteo Darmian (Torino, undisclosed), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton, undisclosed), Sergio Romero (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Anthony Martial (Monaco, undisclosed), Regan Poole (Newport, undisclosed).
Tom Cleverley (Everton, free), Nani (Fenerbahce, undisclosed), Will Keane (Preston, loan), Tom Thorpe (Rotherham, free), Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce, undisclosed), Reece James (Wigan, undisclosed), Ben Amos (Bolton, free), Ben Pearson, Joe Rothwell (both Barnsley, loan), Rafael (Lyon, undisclosed), Angel Di Maria (Paris St Germain, undisclosed), Jonny Evans (West Brom, undisclosed), Saidy Janko (Celtic, undisclosed), Tyler Blackett (Celtic, loan), Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen, £7.3million), Anders Lindegaard (West Brom, undisclosed).
The club was linked with some star players throughout the window, but the costliest buy came on the deadline day as they spent £36 million to bring the young Anthony Martial to Old Trafford from Monaco. He gives the Reds that extra bit in attack and will play a supporting role to the clubs top striker, Wayne Rooney. Memphis Depay from PSV is another purchase that has paid dividends straight away.
The PSV winger is on top of his game and has taken no time to settle into the Premier League. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield will provide the stability needed for the team that looked absent in the previous season. Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero were the high-profile purchases defensively. Darmian has already shown his class, but Romero looked a bit shaky in the few games he has played.
The club was linked to a number of starts that they missed out on like Pedro. They were also linked to Madrid mainstay Sergio Ramos who ended up signing a contract at the Bernabeu. However, the biggest saga of the window involved David de Gea the goalkeeper. It was understood that the player agreed personal terms with the Real Madrid side but the move fell through due to a delay in the submission of paperwork as per reports.
Louis van Gaal will be without the services of a number of players this season. Nani, Tom Cleverly, Robin van Persie, Radamael Falcao, Rafael, Angel di Maria and Adnan Januzaj who were all sold or loaned out by the manager. On the deadline day, Javier Hernandez left the club to join Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £7.3 million.
Manchester United have spent a lot on transfers this season and are the club to have the second highest net spend (£43 million) just behind their City rivals. They have had odd window losing some quality players but have replaced them with capable ones. Van Gaal will like his team to better their performance last season and will want to give his fans something to cheer about this season.