Grading Manchester United's transfer window: Where's the centre-back?

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Manchester United fans can be relatively happy with the club's summer transfer business.

Manchester United fans will be far happier with their squad today than at the start of the Premier League season.

Louis van Gaal’s side have spent more money than any other side in England this summer but the boss has to be praised for getting big, world class signings in through the door at Carrington.

We’ve assessed United’s summer transfer window and given the club a grade for their work.

What was needed?

A hell of a lot.

LvG had holes to fill at centre-back, left-back, central midfield, out wide and he ultimately made an addition up front.

Left-back has been taken care of with deals for Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo while Ander Herrera and Daley Blind have arrived to plug gaps in the middle of the team following Michael Carrick’s injury.

Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao are two world class players who have drastically improved the attacking look of the team although it’s still unclear how United are going to shape up for their next game.

What hasn’t Louis van Gaal addressed?

There is still a big question mark hanging over central defence as van Gaal wasn’t able to bring in the calibre of centre-half that United were widely linked with.

There have been questions over the likes of Jones, Evans and Blackett over the first few games of the season and an experienced body at the back would have been useful.

Plenty of fans are also still unconvinced over United’s midfield, with thoughts that a ball winning midfielder should have come into the middle of the team.

Daley Blind can play that role and will also provide cover at left wing-back but no deal for Arturo Vidal or William Carvalho emerged.

What are the strengths?

United’s attack looks immense.

Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Falcao and Di Maria are a quartet of players that any side would be happy to have available.

The trick for LvG is going to be fitting them all into the same team.

United also have several players who are gifted on the ball and can control possession in behind the strikers.

What are the weaknesses?

The defence.

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The backline has looked vulnerable already this season. Things will be helped when Rojo is available to play but it’s taking time for the defenders to get used to a new and unfamiliar system and that’s costing United points.

Grade: B

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