A look at some missed targets that could have been great additions for United this summer.
Many will agree that it was something of a farcical transfer window for Manchester United this summer, as new manager David Moyes struggled to assert himself in a bid to land several of his and the club’s top targets. In the end Marouane Fellaini was the only notable addition when he followed Moyes from his former club Everton on deadline day in a £27.5m move. The Belgian looks a good addition in midfield for the Premier League champions, but there are still other areas that could be worked on, and even other styles of midfield players that the club arguably needs more.
5. Ezequiel Garay (Benfica)
A move to sign Benfica centre-back Ezequiel Garay looked sorted earlier in the summer after it was reported that Manchester United had reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ for his transfer to Old Trafford, though it never seemed to materialise beyond that point.
Garay has been a top performer since moving to Portugal after somewhat failing to make the grade at former club Real Madrid, and the Argentine would certainly have been useful for United at the back this season, with current first-choice pairing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both ageing and prone to lengthy spells out of the side through injury. Garay could go on to become a key player for the club for many years to come, and may have been a solution to the worrying stat that United had the worst defensive record in the top four last season, despite their title win.