Anger was boiling at Ed Woodward on deadline day as Manchester United’s transfer business whimpered out.
No Bruno Fernandes, no Christian Eriksen, no Paulo Dybala; United ended with only Dan James as an attacking signing.
But despite the frustration, and doom-mongering, there are legitimate reasons to be excited for the season ahead.
Here are three key reasons to be positive…
We signed the best right-back in the league
Right-back was United’s top priority heading into the summer. And to the club’s credit, they nailed it.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was outstanding in pre-season, following up his impressive displays for Crystal Palace last year.
Defensively he looks unbeatable, and he has looked good going forward to.
Wan-Bissaka is a huge addition to United, and Diogo Dalot will raise his game too. Consider this problem position now solved.
We have the two best young English talents around
Pre-season highlighted the ability of both Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes.
Both teenagers look ready to contribute to the first team now, showcasing their potential and scoring against top teams.
If both of them can continue that form in the Premier League then United’s attack looks so much better.
We should be encouraged and excited by Solskjaer’s willingness to give the young players a chance.
Even better, there are more ready to follow Greenwood and Gomes’ lead.
We finally upgraded at centre-back
United’s defence was our biggest weakness last season. We conceded 54 goals, more than Everton, Wolves, Leicester, and even Newcastle.
We have finally moved to address this, making a big money move for Harry Maguire.
Maguire brings Premier League experience and leadership, and importantly a fresh look to a defence which plainly has not been good enough.
Expect to see less of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, and that has to be good news.
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