Ranking the summer transfer market for Manchester United and how the side might end the season after making changes over the summer
Most Manchester United fans would consider their summer transfer market activity to be rather futile. Many believed that the club would make the required signings in order to finish in the top three in the Premier League and progress as far as possible in the Champions League. Given the performances last season as well as the last few games of the 2020/21 season, it is fair to say that the Red Devils desperately required a new centre-back, a striker, and a right-winger.
Nonetheless, the club made five major signings over the summer including Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, Alex Telles from Porto for 13.50 million pounds, Donny van de Beek from Ajax Amsterdam for 35.10 million pounds, Amad Traore from Atalanta for 27 million pounds, and Facundo Pellistri for 7.65 million pounds. Overall, the Red Devils spent 83.25 million pounds over the summer transfer window.
The signing of Alex Telles will certainly prove to be fruitful for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Brazilian left-back will provide the creativity down the flank that Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams have failed to provide. Telles might not be the most effective defender, however, the left-back is exceptionally talented when moving forward as he has the ability to have a shot from distance and can whip in curling crosses into the box. His stats from the 2019/20 season with Porto proves the same.
Edinson Cavani’s signing will add the much-needed experience in the attack. The Red Devils do have a lethal attack with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood. However, the front three is rather inexperienced and Edinson Cavani’s presence for the next two seasons could help these three players to grow as forwards. Other than the experience factor, the former Napoli striker is still as lethal he once was and will certainly cause trouble for defenders with his off and on the ball movement inside the box and in the air.
The signing of Donny van de Beek still remains to be a question in the minds of several fans. Since his debut against Crystal Palace, the 23-year-old Dutch international has only played 43 minutes so far in three fixtures. It is yet to be seen how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer incorporates the former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder.
The addition of Amad Traore and Facundo Pellistri may come as a surprise for many. Manchester United have been chasing Jadon Sancho all season long, however, after a rather fruitless attempt, the Red Devils zeroed in on Amad Traore. The young 18-year-old winger plays on the right-flank and is extremely skillful and can easily get past defenders. However, it is yet to be seen whether the same flair would be on show in the Premier League given the harsh physicality that foreign players struggle with.
Although Manchester United have not signed the players they were heavily linked with, the Red Devils have had a rather decent transfer window. If the newly signed players have no issue with adapting to the league and its demands, it is safe to say that the Red Devils could finish within the top six and could possibly win a domestic cup competition as well.
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