This transfer window was not what we hoped for, let’s be clear.

Manchester United supporters feel let down after the club’s high profile pursuit of Jadon Sancho failed.

A poor start to the season has also highlighted a need to improve in central defence, but this went unaddressed.

In the spirit of trying to be positive, we will take a look at which areas the club did manage to improve.

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The deal to sign Donny van de Beek was an important one, giving United additional flexibility.

United now have proper cover for Bruno Fernandes, allowing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to rotate, with Andreas Pereira sent out on loan to Lazio.

Van de Beek can also play further back in midfield, and already there are calls for him to replace Paul Pogba.

Extra competition is always good and United have more options, including possibly shifting to play a midfield diamond.


A combination of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams was passable but never really top class.

Shaw’s injuries saw him miss two spells last season, with Williams starting all of United’s semi-finals.

Getting Alex Telles in is an important upgrade. The Brazilian has experience, has won titles, and is simply a better attacking player than both Shaw and Williams.

Telles might have been the best possible option to improve the position, taking into account the combination of quality and price.

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A move for Edinson Cavani has risks due to his age and the time he missed due to injury last season.

But it is a gamble United simply have to take, and he could have a huge effect on this young group of players in attack.

Anthony Martial has no shots on target in his opening three league games and now faces a suspension.

Loanee Odion Ighalo has not even made the bench for the last two league games. Getting Cavani in is a smart move.

Wing depth

United failed to sign the first team winger we needed. Missing out on Sancho was one thing, but failing to land an alternative either was inexcusable.

But beyond Sancho, United needed to add depth, with Dan James the only established winger at the club.

Putting just Sancho in would have helped massively. Yet there was still a need to sign players behind him, for competition.

Well, United at least got that part right. Youngsters Amad Traore and Facundo Pellistri offer some hope for the future.

If a first team winger had signed along with them, this would have been excellent business.

Even without that first team winger, at least the depth has been improved and United have a couple of options for the future who could one day make an impact.

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The academy

Whoever is running recruitment at academy level needs to be put in charge of the first team.

United have signed nine players this summer including acquisitions from Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Goalkeepers, full-backs, central defenders, attacking midfielders and strikers have all been signed and if just three of them go on to become first team stars, then this batch of signings will be seen as a big success.

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