After getting off to a dream start in the Premier League with a resounding win over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to have sent a reminder to his critics that this young United side should not be completely written off from the title race this season.
But that momentum barely lasted a whole week with United stuttering the very next matchday against a hungry Wolves side before succumbing to Crystal Palace at home and dropped points yet again against Southampton last week.
While some critics have come out saying that the Red Devils have come short in the transfer window this year, Solskjaer seemed pretty happy with how his team finally shaped out even before the opening day.
From the seemingly never ending Paul Pogba to Real Madrid saga and Inter Milan’s double swoop for Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku it certainly was an interesting summer for the Mancunian club.
So who all exactly came in and went out of the doors at Old Trafford this summer ?
1. Daniel James – Swansea – £15 million
The pacey winger from Swansea looked like the perfect addition in accordance to Solskjaer’s wishes of getting ” young exciting British talent ” back to the club. Brought in for a relatively low-key £15 million, the 20-year-old has hit the ground running at Old Trafford and has found the net 3 times in his 4 appearances for the club so far.
2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka- Crystal Palace – £50 million
Right-back has been a problem position for United since as far back as Fergie’s last seasons in the dugout and the club seems to have finally found the man to hold down the spot for years to come in the England international.
Following a breathtakingly consistent season for the Eagles, the defender has been tied down to a 5-year contract following his £50 million move shortly before July.
3. Harry Maguire – Leicester City – £80 million
Both Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho tried their best to fix United’s leaky defence during their stints at the club. With both the legendary managers falling some way short of finding a stable central defensive pairing , United had no option but to give in to Leicester City’s £80 million evaluation for Maguire.
The England international looks to have added some much needed stature and stability at the back for Solskjaer with many fans already likening him to a young Rio Ferdinand.
1. Ander Herrera
While it was David Moyes who had laid down most of the foundations for Herrera’s transfer from Athletic Bilbao in 2015, the Scot was already sent packing before the Spaniard arrived on English shores.
The gritty midfielder won the hearts of United supporters during his stay at Old Trafford but ultimately had to leave for Paris after failing to thrash out a new contract with the bigwigs.
2. Antonio Valencia
Infamously dubbed as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ when he first arrived from Wigan in 2009, the Ecuador international struggled to live up to the comparisons with the Portuguese wizard and started doing much better for the club when Ronaldo’s number 7 was taken off of his back a year later.
Blessed with unbelievable pace and strength, the 34-year-old has been a regular for United, making close to 300 appearances and finally left the club for L.D.U Quito after 10 trophy laden years in Manchester.
3. Romelu Lukaku
Brought in by Jose Mourinho in 2017 to kickstart United’s title charge, Romelu Lukaku was an instant hit at Old Trafford with 27 goals in his first season for the Red Devils.
But that figure was reduced almost by half the following season and it was quite clear that the Belgian had no future with the club long before United accepted Inter Milan’s £74 million bid for the big Belgian last month.
4. Alexis Sanchez
United’s ballsy move to nab Sanchez from under City’s nose was heralded by fans and critics alike in 2018 with many believing then that the Chilean would turn out to be Mourinho’s Robin van Persie as the Portuguese desperately tried to stop Guardiola’s march to the title during the 2017/18 campaign.
But the 30-year-old has been a very spectacular and expensive flop for United and always looked like he would be one of the first names out when Solskjaer was given the big role at Old Trafford.
His mammoth wages proved a stumbling block for most clubs all summer long but Antonio Conte’s persistence saw to it that the former Arsenal attacker joins Lukaku in Milan.
5. Matty Willock – Gillingham – free
3. Matthew Olosunde (Released)
4. James Wilson (Released)
5. Regan Poole (Released)
6. Kieran O’Hara (Burton Albion) Loan
7. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) Loan
9. George Tanner (Morecambe) Loan
10. Joel Pereira (Hearts) Loan
11. Aidan Barlow (Tromso) Loan
12. Ethan Hamilton (Southend United) Loan
14. Chris Smalling (Roma) Loan
15. Matteo Darmian (Parma)
16. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Tranmere Rovers) Loan
17. Lee O’Connor (Celtic)