A recurrent theme under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson was that a vast majority of United’s summer business would occur early in the window, before Fergie jetted off to his French Villa. This, with obvious exceptions, avoided deadline day desperation and allowed United to appear strong and resolute during off-season.
This business model was scrapped hastier that Fergie’s backroom staff as Moyes and Woodward bid for every half decent La Liga midfielder and somehow came out with Marauone Felliani. This cast doubt over the season from the off and was the first of many signs that Moyes was not the man.
Conversely this window, thus far, has seen a return to old ways in the dawn of a new era. Two big money deals have already been signed, sealed and delivered before Van Gaal has even officially taken charge. There is no doubt that the pull of a world class boss has had a huge factor in this but kudos must go to Ed Woodward who has found a new groove and no longer comes across quite so clueless and overwhelmed. Perhaps reporting failure to Van Gaal is a much more daunting task than facing Moyes but his ability in keeping the Herrera deal quiet until his contract was bought out was black and white to the embarrassment of the same deal on deadline day last year. Already the club has upped their game through the presence of a strong leader.
Rather large holes still exist in the United squad which are imperative to fill but unlike last year there is a sense of confidence that this will be done once the Boss makes his, hopefully victorious, return from Brazil. This confidence will be instilled into the squad for the new season and the nervousness and insecurities will have left with the brave Scotsman who was always out of his depth.