Transfer Window is a period that always haunts United fans every year. Lack of proper signings, and incompetent transfer board have seen club failing managers miserably.
While the things don’t look to be on the sunny side this time either, we can all agree that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dealt differently with transfers. Most of our transfer dealings post his appointment have been fairly successful because he has a vision and plan for the club. So, today we will focus on how Manchester United have fared this term when it comes to players loaned out, players sold, and the incomings.
Transfer Window Incomings
Amad Traore has agreed terms with Manchester United, but will only join them in January 2021 due to work restrictions. He’ll cost The 18-year-old will arrive from Serie A side Atlanta, where he plays at right-wing. While, the Red Devils are in desperate need of a first-team winger and his arrival will raise some interesting questions. Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will include him in the first XI or not, only time will tell.
Alex Telles’ arrival has sparked some excitement in fans’ eyes as the left-back comes after a successful season at Porto. The team was in dire need of a left-back and Alex Telles’ signing should help the team in that aspect. The Brazilian’s arrival at the Theatre of Dreams will see FC Porto get £13.6m in transfer fee. He registered 11 goals and 8 assists in 28 starts for Porto in Primeira Liga 2019-20.
Cavani’s signing has seen the Red Devils fan base split into two. While the doubt of fans will only be answered by the Uruguayan’s performance, he’ll be joining the club for free. Although the transfer is free, his agent fee did cost United £9m. The 33-year-old registered 4 goals and 1 assist in 7 starts for Paris-Saint Germain in Ligue 1 2019-20.
Our fourth deadline day signing, Facundo Pellistri comes from Uruguay. The 18-year-old also plays at wing and is expected to be a part of the United U-23 squad before being drafted in the main team. Pellistri cost United £7.7m and will be joining the Red Devils in coming days. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops at United, and if his tenure at U-23 will be hastened.
Donny van de Beek:
Donny van de Beek’s arrival has replenished the United squad as he’s an excellent midfield option even with Pogba, Matic, and Fernandes starting the match. The Dutchman signed from Ajax for £35.7m + add-ons, and has registered 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 appearances as of now. His only goal came in 3-1 loss against Crystal Palace, the opening match of the Red Devils this season.
Henderson has re-joined Manchester United after completing an excellent loan season at Sheffield United. The English goalkeeper had registered 13 clean sheets in 36 starts for The Blades in Premier League 2019-20, . The 23-year-old has already registered 1 clean sheet this season that came against Luton Town in Carabao Cup.
Marcos Rojo might not be the first-choice Centre Back for the gaffer, but adds depth to the squad. He has rejoined the club after completing his loan-spell with Estudiantes where he started only one match throughout the loan tenure. Even for all the optimism, chances of him getting a place in the starting 11 for Manchester United look quite bleak, especially with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in ranks.
Now that we have focused on players who have arrived at United. Let’s shift our attention to the players sent out on loan –
Pereira, who was a part of United’s squad for quite some time has also been loaned this season. The Brazilian will now feature for SS Lazio on a season-long loan. United will be hoping that Lazio decide to make the move permanent because Pereira won’t be finding a place in United’s midfield of Pogba, Fernandes, Matic, van de Beek, Fred, and McTominay.
The Portuguese full-back signed by Jose Mourinho in 2018 will be going on a season long loan to AC Milan. The 21-year-old’s contract doesn’t include an obligation to buy. Dalot’s improvement at Milan will be a huge boost to United as he can then add to the depth of squad when he returns to Old Trafford.
Another Manchester United academy product, James Garner has joined Watford Football Club on a season long loan. The Hornets got relegated from Premier League just last season. Garner’s spell at Watford might have just started but he’s already comfortable with the first team. The 19-year-old has started 2 games for Watford in the Championship till now. He’s primarily operating as their Central Defensive Midfielder, which should heavily aid us when he comes back next season.
Pereira, a reserve goalkeeper at Manchester United, has been loaned to Huddersfield Town. The 24-year-old’s chances to feature for United look bleak because he will be a 5th choice goalkeeper at Old Trafford. He’ll have to do better than Lee Grant, Sergio Romero, David de Gea, and Dean Henderson, which is highly unlikely. Pereira had started 20 games in Scottish Premiership 2019-20, but failed to keep any clean sheet throughout the season.
Tahith Chong has been loaned to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen this season. The Dutch youngster even got his name on the scoresheet in Bremen’s pre-season matches. He has made 3 appearances in Bundesliga, of which he started the game in 1. Chong is getting to play in his favourable position in the new system at Bremen. We hope he finds back his form in Germany and then returns to England with a bang.
Outgoings this transfer window (permanent transfers)
Alexis Sanchez might not have stood up to fan’s expectations at Manchester United, but he had a decent loan spell at Inter Milan last season. Following his performance during loan, Nerazzurri have now agreed to sign him on a permanent basis. The Chilean registered 4 goals and 8 assists for Inter Milan in Serie A 2019-20.
Chris Smalling might have lost his place from the first team after Harry Maguire’s arrival but has thrived in Italy. The English international not only managed to add a few more clean sheets to the AS Roma’s tally but even managed to register 3 goals and 2 assists in Serie A. The 30-year-old completed a permanent move to Rome for £13.6m + add-ons on deadline day this transfer window.
Largie Ramazani featured for Manchester United in just one Europa League fixture for just 6 minutes last season. The winger has now joined La Liga 2 side UD Almeria where his contract lasts till June 2025. Ramazani had registered 10 goals and 2 assists in Premier League 2 last season.
Verdict on Summer Transfer Window:
While a lot of new faces will feature for Manchester United this season, most of them won’t be a part of the first team. Is this a good sign or bad sign? That’s something only time can tell. But yes, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to hold tight and rely on current squad now more than ever.
On the other hand, departure of deadwoods is a good sign and we can only hope that it continues in future. Overall, this transfer window is far from the best one for United, but we can only hope that things get better gradually with Ole at helm.