United’s transfer business so far has been encouraging, but not spectacular.
Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s moves to Old Trafford are both seen as positives.
But alone, they cannot bring the good times back to Manchester United.
It is what will happen next which will define United’s summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to want as many as five new signings. We have two, and really, five may not even be enough.
United have big problems through the spine of the team, issues to be addressed in defence, midfield and up front. Right wing remains a major issue.
Signing a promising left winger in James, and a top right-back in Wan-Bissaka is a step in the right direction.
But more is needed. The strategy of buying young talent is encouraging, and expect this to continue.
Top class midfielders like Saul Niguez, Tanguy Ndombele and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic all remain on the market, as do the likes of Donny van de Beek, Wilfried Ndidi and Youri Tielemans.
Bruno Fernandes would be an exciting attacking addition.
BBC Sport report United want to sign Sean Longstaff. This may be a smart move, but he alone won’t solve United’s midfield conundrum. One of the above listed players will be needed too.
Now the James and Wan-Bissaka deals are done, work can continue on addressing these areas.
The lack of outgoings at United is a worrying concern. Players like Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Alexis Sanchez appear to have no future at the club.
There also appears to be little market for them, with high wages putting teams off. United will have to wait until right before the deadline to see if we can offload them on the cheap.
The worst case scenario is that United sell David de Gea or Paul Pogba late in the transfer window.
Romelu Lukaku’s situation must also be handled properly. If he leaves, a top quality replacement must be brought.
If United did sell Pogba or De Gea, they must be adequately replaced.
The club simply have to enter the transfer window stronger than we started it.
So far, it’s shaping up, but last summer began promisingly too with two deals in June, before falling apart. With pre-season around the corner, more urgency is required.
The next month will define United’s transfer window, and this time there are no excuses.