A number of outgoings over one weekend
The David De Gea saga continues to rumble on
After what appears to have felt like forever, the summer transfer window is finally at an end, relief for many with so many names thrown in the mix from all sources over the last few months which can make the window feel unbearable.
What seems like an eternity ago, the Reds went out and strengthened their midfield with the acquisitions of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger both very good buys. Schweinsteiger brings experience and a winning mentality with Scheiderlin the legs to go and break up teams attacks, win the ball back and protect the defence.
Finally the right back situation was resolved with Rafael, who was never in Louis Van Gaal`s plans, sold on to Lyon and Matteo Darmian brought in from Italy who so far is looking an excellent buy.
With all the central defenders at the manager’s disposal, someone was always going to miss out and that man appears to be Jonny Evans who has joined his old team mate, Darren Fletcher at West Bromwich Albion. With Chris Smalling appearing to be the managers first choice, Phil Jones looks to be a possible back up player with Rojo more than likely being the left sided partner to Smalling, meaning Daley Blind will become a squad player.
It feels like United have signed a new left back now Luke Shaw is finally settling into life at Old Trafford, but an experienced central defender of the ilk of Sergio Ramos or Nicolas Otamendi would have completed the back four nicely.
Memphis Depay was bought from the clutches of Paris Saint Germain to add some pace and flair in the final third of the pitch. Early days for the Dutchman but in time he could well grow into a great talent.
From early on, it looked like Evans, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Rafael would all be moved on, but the fact they all went over the bank holiday weekend had many supporters wondering what was happening. Then with Adnan Januzaj sealing a loan move to Dortmund, again over that weekend, people wondered if Van Gaal was losing the plot. Januzaj needs first team football to continue his development and he was never going to get that just yet at Old Trafford so a loan move, one to a competitive league, is a good move for player and club.
The goalkeeping saga with Lindegaard, Valdes, De Gea sat in the stands whilst Romero played has swung one way then another. Firstly, De Gea looked to have got his move to Real Madrid with United getting an excellent fee and a replacement goalkeeper in Keylor Navas, only for the deal to collapse at the death.
Why Madrid left it until less than 12 hours before the end of the window when they had all summer to submit their bid is anyone`s guess. Ed Woodward was right not to roll over to Madrid and dug his heels in regarding the fee involved, but now there has to be some serious talking between De Gea and the manager so that the Spaniard can return to the side. Then Valdes updates his social media accounts with pictures of United`s club badge, sending people into meltdown as it now looks like he is staying at United despite not having a squad number. So four goalkeepers become three all after the number one jersey, interesting times ahead with that one.
Louis Van Gaal stated that he was looking at signing another striker, after selling Robin Van Persie, not keeping Radamel Falcao but teased everyone saying the journalists had not named the one he was after. Once Monaco were knocked out of the Champions League by Valencia, it looks like the French team were willing to sell their 19 year old forward Anthony Martial. United have acted quickly as reports suggest Chelsea and Tottenham were interested in signing him too.
With Robin Van Persie moving on to Turkey along with Nani, Cleverley finally leaving, there have been a lot of comings and goings at Old Trafford. When the dust settles, supporters will be able to see how Van Gaal sets United up but at the minute many fans favourites have left with many going on the same day, some supporters are wondering where Van Gaal is taking United.
Overall, the names leaving, whether permanently or on loan, is no surprise but maybe one recognised striker to assist Wayne Rooney may have settled supporters minds, but as it stands there are six new faces in the dressing room and they will all take time to settle in.