Manchester United pulled off a coup when they signed Donny van de Beek for £40million (BBC). It was a brilliant move in a summer initially full of hope.
Yet many United fans are angry at the club’s failure to follow up his signing with a couple more.
The Jadon Sancho saga looks set to stretch into next month. While Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Thiago Alcantara are all heading elsewhere.
Social media is full of United fans urging their side to break out the cheque book before it is too late. But to slam this window as a complete failure is an insult to the one star to have arrived thus far.
Van de Beek is a wonderful player who looks every inch a future United great.
Just as United signed smart in January, bringing Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford, they have done the same this summer.
Of course Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs quality on the right wing and Sancho is the ideal target. Another striker is also necessary, with an over-reliance on Anthony Martial to stay fit.
But to slam a summer when Van de Beek has arrived for a bargain fee is short-sighted. There are nearly three weeks remaining for United to get another deal or two over the line.
In the meantime, Van de Beek should set about turning United fans’ frowns upside down!
One man but a big difference
As good as Bruno Fernandes had been for Sporting Lisbon, few expected him to transform United’s season in such dazzling style.
It would have been easy for United to think their midfield overhaul was complete and focus elsewhere. But Van de Beek’s arrival shows just how seriously Solskjaer is taking the new campaign.
The Dutchman scored 10 goals and provided 11 assists last season. And he should get even more playing alongside Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
If Van de Beek is paying attention to United’s twitter chatter, he wouldn’t be blamed for thinking: What about me?!
Yes, United could do more. But Van de Beek’s signing shows the work that has been going on behind the scenes.
Now he will try to prove he can be the missing piece of a United side that is very much heading in the right direction.