United’s Summer Transfer Window 2016

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After actively bringing players in on the past three transfer deadline days, Manchester United had a relaxed and quiet equivalent this time around.

It was actually a pleasant surprise, watching on as other teams arguably panicked buy at the last minute.

The current era has seen transfer fees hit the roof, but even then, the end of the window seems to force clubs into paying over the odds for players whose value is less than what they are purchased for.

Having clinched the deal to sign Paul Pogba on 8 August, United ceased their search for more incomings.

Fourth signing Pogba was confirmed just over 24 hours after the Community Shield victory against Leicester City and six days before the start of the club’s Premier League campaign.

This highlights a more aggressive approach to this summer’s dealings compared to the past three seasons.

2013 saw just one arrival, that of Marouane Fellaini, bought on deadline day for £4m more than he was available for a month prior.

Four of the six signings 12 months later arrived after the season had begun, with two not completed until the final day in Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao’s loan.

Last season saw Anthony Martial sign on the dotted line on deadline day, for a fee mocked by the media and fans alike, although his time at Old Trafford has been a success so far.

However, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin all signed on the weekend before flying out to the U.S. for a pre-season tour.

Jose Mourinho’s arrival has seen a ruthless streak in the transfer market, claiming in his first press conference that he wanted four players.

He has all four, with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pogba all proving their worth so far, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s lively and game-changing cameo at the weekend showing what he is capable of.

Whereas previous manager Louis van Gaal oversaw 30+ players leave during his two year tenure, Mourinho has kept the majority of the squad together.

Adnan Januzaj is arguably the most notable personnel to depart, but even then only on loan, and at 21 years of age, it was a sensible move.

Despite no new faces on Wednesday, three departures were confirmed.

Goalkeepers George Dorrington and Joel Pereira joined Grimsby Town and Belenenses on loan respectively, with Reserve team captain James Weir joining Hull City on a permanent deal.

We wish all three the best in their time either away from the club and in their future careers.

Going forward, United are in a strong position after their best transfer window since 2007.

That spell saw Tomasz Kuszczak, Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez, Anderson and Nani arrive as United went on to clinch a domestic and European double.

With optimism at the club high once again, only time will tell if this summer’s business has proven as successful on the pitch as it has off it.

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