OPINION: United might have found their new defense
With just one new signing in the summer transfer window, you can see why Manchester United might be looking to argue that the current players are like newcomers.
Dean Henderson’s impressive midweek debut against Luton Town was a statement of his talents ahead of a pivotal season in his career, with a nice late reflex save to remind of the pressure David de Dea is under now.
The return of the 23-year-old from Sheffield United has strengthened depth at Old Trafford, but not necessarily strengthened the starting line, while Donny van de Beek may not yet be a starter.
Van de Beek shone again at Kenilworth Road, albeit against Championship opposition, but even after two impressive cameos in one week, it remains to be seen how he best fits in the starting line, if not in the all for now.
Even if United were to sign two new players before the transfer deadline, it could be unlikely that they will be of such quality that they will immediately cement a regular place in the first team. Alex Telles is probably just ahead of Luke Shaw in terms of quality at left-back, while any right-winger other than Jadon Sancho would struggle to deprive Mason Greenwood of playing time.
This means there are arguments to suggest that even with three hypothetical new signings and Henderson’s return this summer, United’s ‘best XI’ will be no different than who orchestrated their incredible unbeaten post-lockdown.
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