Manchester United were certainly busy in this transfer window, spending a combined total of over £150million pound and breaking the world transfer record fee along the way.
That whopping £89million fee was of course for the returning Paul Pogba, however, Jose Mourinho also invested heavily in bringing in both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly from Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal respectively, while also managing to secure the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer and one-year deal from PSG.
The four signings have transformed United from a struggling outfit relying on its youngsters to pull them through to a now intimidating force that has regained its ‘fear factor’ of years gone by – making them genuine title contenders for the campaign ahead.
It was a summer in which almost every player under the sun was linked with a potential move to Old Trafford following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, and many thought floods would follow the Portuguese boss to Manchester in order to become part of the new United revolution.
While they did do some serious business, here at FFC we can’t help but think that United still missed out on further strengthening their squad to really boost their chances of retaining their Premier League title after a three year drought.
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So with the theme of seven in mind, here are seven players we think Mourinho and the Red Devil’s should have signed this summer too ….
Possibly Europe’s hottest young midfielder behind Paul Pogba, Draxler ended up staying put this summer. The twinkle-toed German is a class act in the middle of the park, adding creativity and pace in the space between the midfield and defence to devastating effect.
Would have been a solid addition, and a replacement for the – at the time destined to leave – Juan Mata.
Outed at Chelsea by Mourinho himself last season prior to the Portuguese manager’s sacking from Stamford Bridge, Nemanja Matic failed to re-find any sort of form for the rest of the season and it looked like his confidence was shot.
Only a fool would have thought it was more than a blip however as class is permanent, and United could have bagged themselves a midfield colossus ready to leave when N’Golo Kante signed for Chelsea, but failed to make their move.
hile United have a world class full back on the left in Luke Shaw, they do not possess the same down the right with Marcus Rojo and Matteo Darmian failing to deliver.
United should have signed Coleman years ago but once again missed out on a terrific piece of business this summer.
Ibrahimovic is the one-year man who could spark United back into life, but in terms of a long term solution for the striking role, United only possess young Marcus Rashford who is unlikely to feature too much under Jose Mourinho. Gabigol as he is better known ended up signing for Inter Milan this summer.
Despite their summer business, United’s weakness still lies with the defensive third of the field and – excluding the signing of Eric Bailly – the Red Devil’s failed to further strengthen their back four. Daley Blind did a fantastic job last season at the back, but you can’t help but feel signing another centre back in the form Jose Fonte would have allowed the Dutchman to venture further forward into his preferred position.
The little Frenchman was arguably to best midfielder in the league last season, covering an unbelievable amount of ground from a defensive midfield position – a position United needed to and still need to desperate strengthen.
Imagine if Mourinho’s former defensive prodigy at Real Madrid had followed him to United? Suddenly the Red Devil’s central defensive pairing would have gone from lacklustre and Phil Jones-ful to one that the footballing world would envy.
Young, talented and hungry for first team football having recently struggled for game time at Madrid, Varane was there for the taking.