Fair enough, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Harry Maguire the world’s most expensive defender.
But for me it was just as significant that he managed to tie down our popular keeper David de Gea to a new contract, not to mention the signing of £50m full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The defence needed sorting big time – and at least there can be no question he’s done that.
With all the speculation about Paul Pogba that will inevitably be reignited ahead of tomorrow’s transfer window deadline it was important we strengthened the key midfield area of the team… something we haven’t done yet. Sadly.
For me, I’d already have sold Pogba for his heart is not in it at Old Trafford. On a good day when the player, who divides opinion more than any other, fancies it, he’s a game changer – but the trouble is he’s not on it often enough.
I’m desperately trying to keep looking on the bright side… I really am.
Sunday’s game should be a beauty, with Frank Lampard and Chelsea in town, and we at Betfred are 25/1 that new boy Maguire scores the opener to get United’s season off to a flyer… and he’s 8/1 to score anytime.
Maguire fits perfectly into Ole’s declared profile of hiring or introducing young, English players into the team that is in desperate need of rebuilding.
I know Ole has sound judgement but it is still nice to hear that Pep Guardiola – a half-decent judge it’s fair to say – on the other side of Manchester’s great divide has praised Maguire who he reckons City couldn’t afford.
What we need now is for Wan-Bissaka and Maguire to be mainstays at United in the same way Vidic and Evra were not so long ago.
There is another four years at least at the top for De Gea – and let’s hope he celebrates his highly-lucrative new deal with a clean sheet against Chelsea.
If Marcus Rashford gets back amongst the goals more regularly then I’m confident we’ll finish sixth – and no higher. Hopefully we can pick up the FA Cup or Carabao Cup as a little reminder of past glory but for me it’s all about how high we can finish up the league, for that’s the true mark of our progress.
Now, I’ve been in this bookmaking game quite a while and I honestly can’t remember United being longer odds for the title… certainly during the 27-year Premier League era.