A critical look at the players brought in by United this summer.
Although it is often said that it can be hard to improve a title-winning team, it was largely agreed that the Manchester United side that won the Premier League title last season could definitely be improved on, especially as their rivals would be working hard and spending big in an attempt to topple them this year.
And with new manager David Moyes taking on the difficult task of replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson after his retirement in May, it was seen as crucial for the former Everton boss to make a statement of intent in this transfer window and put his own stamp on the squad he’d inherited. Things didn’t quite work out this way though, as the summer is more full of near-misses than actual purchases, and perhaps it’ll be back to the drawing board in January.
An underwhelming first signing for the new boss, Guillermo Varela was confirmed as Manchester United’s first signing of the summer back in June, joining for a fee believed to be around £2.3m and signing a five-year contract. The 20-year-old seems unlikely to become part of the first-team setup straight away at Old Trafford, having only ever played one senior competitive game for his club Penarol. Although he may be a great prospect for the future and a decent backup player for Rafael and Phil Jones, this signing won’t have many United fans up on their feet for the moment. 3/10.