Manchester United’s transfer window looked bleak by the middle of August, but took an incredible turn of events on Deadline Day.
With time to digest all of the drama and excitement of the window, has Louis van Gaal used money wisely in strengthening his squad?
The big signings that arrived pre-Louis were Luke Shaw (part of the big Southampton clear-out) and Ander Herrera, who United were supposed to sign a year ago, but failed to do so.
After these two were signed, the transfer window became very quiet for United, and fans were anxious. With so many going out, big names had to come in, but it wasn’t looking that way.
That is until just before the window closed.
United were linked to absolutely everyone and their mother, with the biggest link being to Arturo Vidal. Every other day a new price was set, and another source was claiming Vidal was ‘en route to Manchester’ but Juventus were not willing to sell. And Vidal was never named a United player.
Van Gaal did do wonderful business within the last few days of the window.
Unsurprisingly, Van Gaal brought in someone he had coached with the Netherlands during the World Cup – someone who gained great acclaim in Brazil – in the form of Daley Blind. Aside from Blind, United managed to secure the signatures of Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, and the most surprising signing was Radamel Falcao.
Di Maria seemed like a dream signing that wouldn’t happen – players leave Manchester United for Real Madrid – such as Ronaldo and in this window, Chicharito – not the other way around. But, Di Maria broke this rule to come to Manchester.
Bringing in world class names has helped fans side with Van Gaal, who isn’t off to the best start at Old Trafford. He admitted that the first three months in a new job for him would be difficult, but asks for fans to support him as he finds his feet in this new role.
And the best deal of the transfer window? Tom Cleverley’s loan move to Aston Villa!
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