Manchester United will be delighted with the business conducted over the summer, adding three key signings to an already strong squad.
Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning side from last season lacked a cutting edge in the Premier League, drawing a worrying 15 games, something that the Portuguese manager addressed with the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian brute has hit the ground running with four goals in four appearances for The Red Devils, propelling his side to a 100% start in domestic competition.
Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof were brought in to bolster the first two thirds of the pitch, the former a Premier League winner under the watch of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2015, while the latter is an established international with his native Sweden.
No introduction is needed for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker was re-signed after suffering a knee injury at the end of last season and is set to add to a dominant first year in England – and will probably do so after he turns 36 in October.
There isn’t a huge exit list to speak of as Manchester United mostly loaned out several promising young players who probably won’t get much game time if they stayed, though they did end a 13-year relationship with the greatest striker in the history of the club: Wayne Rooney.
The club’s all-time leading goal-scorer and five-time Premier League winner returned to Everton on a free transfer, a strange sight after being synonymous with Manchester United for so long.
Adnan Januzaj took off for Real Sociedad in a £9 million move to try to get his career back on track; the Belgian hasn’t started a Premier League game for Manchester United since August 2015, and that appeared highly unlikely to change with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Jese Lingard and even Ashley Young ahead of him in the pecking order.
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The addition of Romelu Lukaku is a massive boost to their striking ranks, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s re-signing could turn out to be one of the moves of the summer. Nemanja Matic’s signing adds a desperately needed holding midfielder to provide a screen in front of a solid back four – one which is yet to concede from the first three league games.
Manchester United didn’t bring in a host of players in the manner that Everton or AC Milan did over the summer, but were calculated in their approach, addressing areas of the squad that needed extra quality and cover. They must be viewed as one of the favourites for the Premier League title.