Two big signings in one week: Sign of Changing Times for Manchester United? With the wrapping up of signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Manchester United board has accomplished something they failed sorely in the last three years: Getting deals done. Compared with the Pedro fiasco of last season, it is not hard to guess who is behind this refreshing approach from the Man United hierarchy. Jose Mourinho may not have led the Red Devils to a single competitive match yet but has already won numerous admirers among the Red Devils’ fan base for the way he has make them go in the transfer market.
Two Big Signings in One Week: Sign of Changing Times for Manchester United?
Last season and the season prior to it, Manchester United saw their names linked to a host of targets. Many of them turned out to be a cause of major embarrassment for top brass especially Ed Woodward. The signings of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao had been seen as a statement of intent from the men who matter at Old Trafford.Yet none of those managed to live up the high expectations people had from them. Last season, Anthony Martial’s signature for a record fee for a teenager had raised quite a few eyebrows.
Some may even argue it was big gamble that paid off much to the Vice-chairman’s relief.Yet this is a season that has seen them shell out the right price for all of their acquisitions. It has been new and refreshing approach that is good to see from the 20-time English champions. There are voids in Center back and in the middle of the pitch that need to be addressed and the approach promises to do it sans glitches.
The Future targets: And how to sign them
While Manchester United have seen their names linked to a host of players, it’s obvious to everyone that some of them have been a result of the publicity drive by their respective agents to either thema better contracts with their parent clubs or to hike their values in the transfer market.
Yet, the signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and others that the club will only go after the players they deem necessary. It’s Mourinho’s opinion that is weighing heavily in the dealings so far and is expected to be continued in future too. Compare it to the poor David Moyes who aspired Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and then reduced his bargain to Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines and even that wish wasn’t fully granted. He ended up getting only the big Belgian. Or the signings of Memphis Depay from last season as a result from Van Gaal’s directions.
The Incomings a sign of Departures?
The signings made and those in the pipeline are not music to everyone’s year though. The incoming, including the manager signal the end for Manchester United careers for some players. Fellaini is first among the list. Having been deployed in deep and then advanced midfield role and then as a striker, the burly Belgian has grabbed headlines for elbows more than his foot. His redd cards and yellow cards haven’t helped him either. He will be allowed to find another club.
The same can be said of Juan Mata. Though brought as a big name signing, he has failed to have a significant say in the matches on a regular basis. His frosty relationship with Mourinho and is also a factor in signalling his end of stay at Old Trafford. Memphis Depay too looks likely to be put out of his misery and rediscover the form that made Ed Woodward shell out big money to get his signature. Daley Blind, too doesn’t look likely to hold down his spot as a central defender anymore. That said, these look like promising times for the Red side of Manchester.