Manchester United have signed Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelöf and Nemanja Matić so far with little more than two weeks left of the summer transfer window.
We looked superb in our 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on Sunday to end the opening weekend of the 2017-18 Premier League season top of the table.
Romelu Lukaku netted twice on his Premier League debut for us, Nemanja Matić put in a man of the match performance but Victor Lindelöf didn’t feature.
West Ham were also guilty of poor defending. The opening goal came with Pedro Obiang conceding possession on the halfway line with Pablo Zabaleta deep in our own half. Arthur Masuaku didn’t bother marking Lukaku for the Belgian striker’s second goal from a set piece. Then we scored twice in the final few minutes with the Hammers tired and conceding defeat.
There will be tougher games for José Mourinho this season so does he need to upgrade in any positions?
The main issues for us are in defence. We have little backup for Antonio Valencia at right-back who is one of the top players in his position now. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been sent on loan at Crystal Palace so Matteo Darmian will back him up here. Phil Jones also has experience here.
Darmian can also play on the left where we also have Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Ashley Young. Whether any of these are top in their position is debatable. Shaw is constantly injured, Mourinho isn’t a big fan and he has flaws in his defending.
Rojo is certainly a defensive liability and his worst games have come when playing left-back. Ashley Young is not a defender and only gets thrown in at left-back in desperate situations. Daley Blind is currently our best player in this position but we could upgrade here. Fingers crossed that Victor Lindelöf can settle in and live up to his price tag. If so, we have two young centre-backs to form a partnership for many years.
The centre of defence had problems last season. We were constantly changing for one reason or another. Eric Bailly looks like a world class centre-back in the making but missed several games last season due to a mixture of injury and international duty. Phil Jones partnered the Ivorian on Sunday and looked solid but his fitness has always been a liability.
Chris Smalling can lack focus at times but still remains a good squad player. I think we can do better in terms of a starter week in, week out, than Smalling. Rojo should not be our first choice either.
The acquisition of Nemanja Matić is fantastic for protecting our back four and we still have Michael Carrick who can rotate in. Ander Herrera is a tremendous midfielder who doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Paul Pogba put in a fantastic show versus West Ham – constant performances like this will help us in a challenge for the Premier League title. Marouane Fellaini is a different option and appears to be a preferred late substitute of Mourinho’s.
We have plenty of attacking midfield options. Juan Mata can play in both the number 10 role and right wing as effectively. The Spaniard both scores and creates goals. Likewise, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores and creates goals and played his best game in a United shirt on Sunday. The Armenian can play anywhere across the attacking midfield three.
Marcus Rashford was fantastic up against Pablo Zabaleta, assisting our first goal and winning the free kick from which Lukaku nodded in his second. He adds great pace to our side out wide and is a goalscorer himself.
Mourinho has plenty of options to rotate. Anthony Martial made an impact as a substitute in the UEFA Super Cup versus Real Madrid last Tuesday and then came off the bench and scored in his 11-minute cameo versus West Ham.
The boss also likes Jesse Lingard. The England international has scored some important goals for us but I’m never keen to see him in the starting lineup.
As long as Romelu Lukaku stays fit he can expect to start close to 38 Premier League games, with the exception of some rotation either side of our UEFA Champions League matches. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are two excellent players who can give him a break.
There’s plenty of strength and depth in the United squad right now but our biggest problem could be if Victor Lindelöf doesn’t settle in.