In an interview given by Chief Executive Ed Woodward to the club own TV station MUTV, during the pre-season tour of America, fans were instructed to “watch this space”. Along with this instruction, Woodward now in his second season in this position,spoke of how United not having any issue matching the spending strength shown by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City or Real Madrid. However United had failed to sign anyone , in additional to Andrea Herrera and Luke Shaw, before the opening game of the season; The frustration of all United fans is apparent not matter which social media network you may be reading. Given United’s defeat to the hands of Swansea on Saturday it was clear that a response was urgent..
The signing of Argentine defender Marcos Rojo is unlikely to quench the desire of fans for more blockbuster signings. The soon to be former Sporting Lisbon centre back, impressed during his countries run to the World Cup final in Brazil at left back. The 24 year old clearly has the potential needed to play for the club and is a good addition considering his versatility; But with losing so much experience in defence with the departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, he was not on the lips of many of the Old Trafford faithful when discussing who the club should purchase. Realistically though, after the disastrous campaign last season leaving United unable to offer Champions League or even Europa League football, attracting big names such as Dortmund’s Mats Hummels or Roma’s Mehdi Benatia was always going to be difficult; And that task is made even harder when teams, with European competition are also in for these player.
If United are to rectify the lack of European football at Old Trafford for the first time since 1996, this must not be the last signing they make. the need for real class in the centre of Midfield is only succeeded by the need for defenders. The transfer saga surrounding Uniteds apparent interest in Juventus Arturo Vidal, is similar to the ones endured by fans previously with the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Cesc Fabregas. Whether it is the Chilean or another option, such as William Carvalho another Sporting Lisbon player; it is a necessity that this position be strengthened. Then and only then should luxury buys such as Angel Di Maria even be considered.
A lot of United fans will blame David Moyes for last years disaster. But the truth is the players and the then newly appointed Chief Executive Ed Woodward must take their share of the blame too. With Moye replaced by Van Gaal this is a chance for both Woodward and the player who were substandard last season to make amends. So far, not so good If United and especially Woodward, does not learn from their errors of last years transfer window with just under 2 weeks until it closes on the
first 1st of September; then he must follow David Moyes out the front doors at Old Trafford.
Moyes tenure will be remembered as record breaking for all the wrong reasons and Van Gaal’sstart mirrors that.A defeat to Swansea not only give them their first victory over United in the league but this was the first time that the Reds have lost the opening game of the season when it was played at home.Another record that stands is that no team has gone on to win the league after losing their opening game at home.
Come May it would be great if Van Gaal’s first season finished the way it started, by setting a record; Though It may be too much to expect a return to the top of the league at this stage. But a return to competing for the title is the bare minimum that anyone should be willing to accept.