United’s Changing Transfer Policy

If one analyses the transfer activity of Manchester United during this summer, it is very likely that people will analyse it from different perspectives which tend to vary between being too optimistic or too pessimistic.

From an objective point of view, in order to analyse the success or failures of a particular transfer window, one needs to wait at least a couple of years since it tends to take time before players are integrated in the Manchester United way of doing things. For example, in order to get the most out of signings like Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, the club had to be patient, hence, one cannot analyse signings prematurely.

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Looking at the bright side of things, in terms of transfer activity, Manchester United seems to be heading in a different direction when compared to previous seasons. In fact, under Louis Van Gaal, the club signed mostly big name players in Di Maria, Falcao, Schweinsteiger and Blind amongst others. Moreover, the trend to sign Galaticos style players continued under Jose Mourinho with the club investing big money in the services of Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku, who apart from the Swede did not exactly fulfil the expectations at Old Trafford.

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Conversely, this summer, the club might have changed this strategy and signed players which fit the profile of the club and have passion for the shirt. Consequently, although signings like Dybala and Eriksen sounded very exciting, the fact that they were not sure about the idea of playing for Manchester United led the club to stop the negotiations and go for three British players in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James. Such developments, might point that the club is no longer prepared to bow down to the agents’ and players’ unrealistic requests.

So far, life has commenced very well for the three signings as they all impressed on their debuts and hopefully with the right recruitment policy and a couple of other transfer windows, Manchester United can be successful again.

Article contributed by Echoes Contributor Jude.

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