Manchester United: Grading Jose Mourinho’s Summer Transfer Window

While its rivals, in particular Arsenal, flounder at the start of the new Premier League season Manchester United has raced into an early lead.

Jose Mourinho’s team is the only member of English football’s top division to have won three out of three games so far. In part that may be due to a settled squad, with Mourinho having concluded his dealings long before deadline day. Here is how United graded for the summer transfer window.

Hits

Romelu Lukaku has started like a runaway train, while Nemanja Matic has added control and poise to the midfield. Chelsea must already regret allowing him to leave, though they would never admit it.

Misses

Very early days, but Victor Lindelof has yet to appear in a Premier League game and looked shaky in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid at the start of August.

Maybes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was superb last season as United’s main source of goals but following a serious knee injury, can Mourinho trust him to produce anything like the same rate of scoring? It shouldn’t be so much of a problem if Ibrahimovic does falter, though, with Lukaku now the first-choice striker.

What-ifs

Mourinho never got the left winger he wanted, with Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan linked frequently throughout the summer. A deadline-day move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez never materialized though the early-season form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial suggests United can do without that final piece of the puzzle.

Conclusion

United got its business done early and it is no surprise to see it topping the Premier League after three games of the season. It will be interesting to see if Lindelof can force his way into the first team, as Phil Jones has played impressively next to Eric Bailly so far. Keeping Matic fit appears crucial to United’s chances of winning the league while Lukaku’s goals will determine how far Mourinho’s team progresses in the Champions League.

Grade: A Minus

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