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The player Manchester United must sign to complete perfect transfer window

The player Manchester United must sign to complete perfect transfer window
10 Jul
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An ageing goalkeeper, a teenage full-back and a midfielder from Ukraine’s top division.

Manchester United supporters have become accustomed to whirlwind transfer windows in recent years but this summer’s has been anything but.

Jose Mourinho has been more strategic than ever with his movements in the market, just as City manager Pep Guardiola was 12 months ago, and the Portuguese is now just one signing away from completing the perfect transfer window.

Of the three transfers United have wrapped up over the last five weeks, Fred’s £52million arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk was the first to be announced by the club on June 6.

Club scouts watched Fred extensively last season as Mourinho struggled to settle on a United player capable of complimenting Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the centre of midfield.

Ander Herrera has his qualities and is a fan favourite for obvious reasons but Fred is a sizeable upgrade on the Basque when it comes to technical ability and the 25-year-old should slot into the side seamlessly.

Diogo Dalot’s arrival from Porto was confirmed just hours after United announced they had agreed a fee for Fred and the 19-year-old will provide ample back-up for and competition to first-choice right-back Antonio Valencia, who has gone unchallenged in the position since Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford.

Lee Grant’s arrival from Stoke last week raised eyebrows but the level-headed 35-year-old will be an important addition to the dressing room given the strong spirit he has shown throughout his career.

Grant had waited 17 years for a crack at the big time when he finally made his Premier League bow for Stoke in 2016 and he hogged the headlines later that year with a man-of-the-match display as the Potters held United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

“In the first minute their goalkeeper made an unbelievable save and he kept doing that until the end of the game,” Mourinho said afterwards.

United remain in the market for a winger, a defender and a back-up striker but the most pressing of those is the former and Chelsea’s Willian, a £60million target for Mourinho, would be ideal.

United are well-stocked in every position on the pitch bar the right wing and the Brazilian’s arrival will ensure Mourinho goes into the new season with a perfectly-balanced starting XI.

A stand-out performer for Mourinho during the pair’s time together at Chelsea, Willian has continued his fine form since the 55-year-old’s controversial Stamford Bridge exit and has directly contributed to 42 goals for the London club over the last two seasons.

He crowned a superb solo display at Old Trafford last term with a goal in an eventual 2-1 loss for Chelsea and United fans should be salivating at the prospect of him producing similar performances in red next term.

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