Manchester United completed the signing of Memphis Depay even before the last season came to a halt but since then Louis van Gaal and co. didn’t show any signs of more incomings until the last week. Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool sealed the signings of players who were allegedly mutual targets of the both the rival clubs.
Ed Woodward has once again proved that he is one of the finest negotiators in world football. The Manchester United chief made three brilliant signings in a span of a week, just in time before their Monday’s flight to the United States for preseason.
United’s second signing of the summer is a young right-back from Torino who is also capable of playing on the left wing. The lesser known of all the new signings to grace Old Trafford next season, Darmian is being touted as a great catch. The talented defender strikes a perfect balance between an attacking run down the right flank and the disciplined positional defending. In his time at the Serie A club Torino, Darmian was also a very consistent name on the team sheet. He isn’t injury prone but he may need time to adapt to the pace and intensity of the Premier League.
The most unexpected transfer of this summer till now has been the arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Premier League. The 2014 World Cup winner will ply his trade under his former boss LVG. In his first interview after signing a three year contract, the 31-year-old revealed that a move to United is a dream come true.
He also said, “Manchester United is the only club I would have left Munich for.” If this statement doesn’t instantly make him a fan favourite then nothing will.
Morgan Schneiderlin’s move to Old Trafford was a very confidential affair and it wasn’t known that if the Frenchman would go to Arsenal or Manchester United. The rumours of his transfer didn’t surface until Monday morning, a few hours before the unveiling of the player.
After completing the move, Schneiderlin told Manutd.com, “I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make. I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart. But the chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.
He added: “I’m excited to be starting that journey on our trip to the USA. I know what Manchester United means to fans all over the world and I’m looking forward to experiencing that.”
The 25-year-old’s new boss was also delighted with the business they’ve done so far in this window. The Dutch master should be glad with the revamping job they have done to revamp Mancheser United’s midfield.
He told the club website: “Morgan is a very talented player with great energy and ability. His skills will complement the players that we already have and I am very pleased that we have been able to complete this deal before the tour to the United States. That training camp will be very important in our preparations for the new season and gives Morgan and the other players a chance to show our fans what they can achieve together.”
The new singings have already started bonding with their new teammates and it would interesting to see how LVG will shape his starting XI at the start of the season.
Robin van Persie, Luis Nani and Angelo Henriquez have been some noticeable names to leave the club and it is believed that Ed Woodward would be hoping to bring in a centre-back and a striker, given De Gea stays in England, before the transfer window closes on August 31st.