The Red Devils have signed 17 players since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, with 33 departing in the same time. It is this that the Old Trafford hierarchy want to end, with a return to the days when they only brought in three or four players in each window desired.
“We’re really happy (with the transfer window) to be honest,” a source told the Star, “We brought in six players and kept David (De Gea), which we’re really pleased about.
“To get Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis, Sergio Romero and Martial in is a good thing. But it’s more than we’re going to do in future windows, that’s for sure. Six players is a lot – it’s certainly more than the three or four we’ve done in previous windows.”
The summer was dominated by debate over David De Gea’s future at the club, and ended with Real Madrid failing in their attempts to sign the player. While this was going on, United did manage to strengthen in some key areas, although they noticeably didn’t bring in a new centre-back.
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This was despite players such as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling looking error prone during the last campaign. Moreover, they have had to play Daley Blind in the position this time round, who is perhaps more suited to left-back or midfield. This situation could point to the transfer window being a failure even with the high number os incomings and outgoings.