Manchester United didn’t have the best transfer window in the end, but we don’t necessarily share the widely held view that it’s all doom and gloom at Old Trafford this season.
Sure, the Red Devils were not their usual big-spending selves this summer, but after so much investment and chopping and changing in recent years, perhaps that’s not such a bad thing.
Anyway, here’s five reasons United fans shouldn’t be too miserable ahead of the new season…
1) Fred’s a good signing
Remember this guy? He’s actually really good. Even if United didn’t land a number of the big names they were linked with, they did strengthen in one of the most important positions on the pitch with a superb player.
The Brazil international has looked superb in pre-season so far, and it wasn’t that long ago that Manchester City were also after him, according to the Manchester Evening News.
With Michael Carrick retiring and Paul Pogba struggling in the middle of the park, the signing of Fred should serve a crucial role in Jose Mourinho’s squad this season.
— Prashanth Nair (@reddevil07nair) August 1, 2018
2) Keeping big names
Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid yesterday surely means United fans don’t have to worry about David de Gea for some time. Meanwhile, there was talk of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial possibly leaving, yet here they both still are.
The French duo may be inconsistent performers and there’s no doubt they can be frustrating, but given enough patience they could really grow into world-beaters in this team.
Of course, it may be that the best chance of that happening is under a different manager, but hey, the transfer window doesn’t stop United making a change there in the near future…
3) Alexis Sanchez improvement
The Chilean has looked sharp in pre-season, and this will be the first time he goes into a new campaign with a full summer off for a long time.
Remember, Alexis Sanchez joined from Arsenal in the middle of last season and it’s little surprise he was out of sorts at his new club and struggling to settle.
With a full pre-season with his new team-mates, he should be better prepared for 2018/19, and that surely means he can establish himself as one of the best players in the Premier League once again.