Faffing for the best part of three months last summer resulted in Moyes overspending on Fellaini – a player who quite simply isn’t worth the outlay. Constant rumours of big names and big fees never came to fruition, and Moyes left himself an uphill struggle with a squad that Sir Alex Ferguson had squeezed to its maximum potential.
The signs are there that van Gaal and Ed Woodward are going about things differently this summer. With targets identified early, and two big-money signings already made, the club are showing that they mean business this time around. Herrera and Shaw aren’t enough to take United back to where they want to be, but they are statements of serious intent. United have money to spend, and they aren’t afraid to show it.