Manchester United might not have had a positive transfer window but their opening day win over Leicester City has brought them back to the reckoning. Despite being the wealthiest club in the world United were very lukewarm when it comes to clinching deals in the summer.
Jose Mourinho had a host of players on his transfer wishlist but he had to be satisfied with a very little outcome as United brought Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant. Among them, only Fred would be able to contribute on a regular basis as Dalot is currently recuperating from an injury while Grant will play third fiddle to David De Gea and Sergio Romero.
United legend Rio Ferdinand thinks United could have done much better in the transfer market. “I was in favour of bringing Toby Alderweireld from Spurs. When playing regularly, I think he’s within the top two or three centre-halves in the country, in this league.
“I think he’s a fantastic player, he proved it again at the World Cup after not playing so many games last season.”
The Red Devils had been linked with a number of defenders, including Alderweireld and Harry Maguire as Mourinho wanted a top defender to guard his backline. But United CEO Ed Woodward failed to fulfil his promises as the Red Devils couldn’t bring any one of them to the Theatre of dreams.
The former United defender went on to add, “Maguire had a fantastic tournament in Russia. I just think for his development another season at Leicester, honing his craft within the Premier League, would be best for him from a personal standpoint for him.”
With Mourinho’s third season syndrome hovering around for a while it seems United have their task cut out this time. The players didn’t have an ideal pre-season as the half of the players had an extended holiday following the completion of the World Cup. The gaffer also had difficulties as he had to deal with a number of injuries.
Mourinho announced his arrival in a stunning fashion as United conquered the Europa League and the EFL Cup to raise the bar but the subsequent season saw United finishing second to Manchester City who were the distant winners with a mammoth gap of 19 points.
It was supposed to be a busy summer for the Red Devils as with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea splurging big on players but United went the other way as they remained pretty quiet throughout the summer.
Although on pen and paper United are believed to be one of the title contenders, there are concerns over the lack of squad depth under the tutelage of the former Chelsea gaffer. Fullbacks remain one of the most important aspects of modern football but with the likes of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young vying for a spot in the starting lineup things could fall out of place for the English giants.
Luke Shaw has shown flashes of brilliance in the opening game. The 20-times champions would be hoping the English international carries his form till the end of the season.
Also, the arrival of Fred would help to unlock the attacking attributes of Paul Pogba more frequently. So there are enough ammunition for the United supporters to remain excited for the remaining part of the season.