A new season, and a new manager at the helm in the form of Louis van Gaal. Manchester United have always been avid admirers of promoting from within the Old Trafford ranks before buying players, but it seems like their new tactic is to marry promoting youth with big spending, after breaking the British transfer record this summer.
We’re going to thoroughly delve into each incoming transfer here, and give you our thoughts and ratings taking everything into consideration: Including transfer fees, ability, player age and stature.
Luke Shaw – Luke Shaw cost United £27million from Southampton, where he came through the academy to find himself in their first-team at just 17-years old. Now 19, he still has ten years at the highest level left in him, and he’s improving as a player all the time. He has caps for England already, and he has all the makings of a perfect left-wingback. The fee does sound steep, but when you think of the longevity you’ll get out of him, its great business. 8/10
Ander Herrera – Arguably the most important signing we’ll make this year. United tried to sign him last summer but failed. Coming in at £29million, Herrera is that midfield signing we’ve been crying out for over the last few years. He can track back, tackle, pick a pass and chip in with the odd goal. He’s 25 now, and approaching his peak. A real asset for United. 8/10
Marcos Rojo – Marcos Rojo’s signature was an unexpected one. The 24-year old has finally been granted his work permit, meaning he can feature for United in their next outing at home to QPR. He made his name for himself with an impressive World Cup, featuring in the Team of the Tournament alongside household names such as Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez. He’s quick, versatile and agile, and coming in at only £16million its a risk well worth taking. 6/10
Angel Di Maria – What can you say about Angel Di Maria? He’s an absolutely stunning footballer who was arguably Real Madrid’s most important player last season. He’s quick, assists for fun and scores a few as well. His creativity and speed will be second-to-none in the Premier League, and at 26 he is almost in his prime. Of course the £59million fee will be frowned upon, but at the end of the day he’s one of the best players in the world. Just two days ago he tore Germany apart single-handedly, by grabbing three assists and a goal in just over 45 minutes. He is a ready-made United player. Signing of the summer. 10/10.
Daley Blind – Daley Blind is pivotal for Manchester United. He’ll surely form part of a new-look midfield alongside Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria, and he’ll provide the back-line that solidity they need. His versatility is a real asset, and he’s an extremely intelligent footballer who always picks the right pass where needed. £16million is a bargain for the recently named Dutch Footballer of the Year. 8/10
Radamel Falcao – Wow. I’m still in shock that Radamel Falcao is a Manchester United player, albeit only on loan for the moment. At the end of the day, the £6million loan fee is a gamble worth taking for a player of his calibre. He’s the best out-and-out striker in world football, and he will score goals in England providing he stays fit. El Tigre’s injury record is the only concern about this deal, because I feel he’ll be able to take to the Premier League like a duck to water. 9/10
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