For an in-depth look at the Manchester United roster in advance of the 2018-2019 season, click here to read Part 1. This post will be updated throughout the season with notable transfers and other additions to the club.
- Riyad Mahrez ($74.5M from Leicester) – Mahrez has had a definite dip in form after Leicester City’s title winning campaign (2015-2016) where he rained 17 goals and 10 assists in 37 appearances. His 2016-2017 form was exceptionally poor bring in 6 goals and 4 assists across 36 appearances before he crossed back into the double-double club in 2017-2018. Mahrez has shown some consistency issues (as indicated by above) but I think he is a fantastic player, my concern is more about his composure and how he’ll fit into the side. Mahrez favored position is right attacking midfielder, but if he were to play this side for City it would be in place of Bernardo Silva or Raheem Sterling. He could, feasibly, also play on the opposite side, but then he would have to be favored over Leroy Sane. Personally, I think for a side this stacked — this is probably too much to spend on a player that doesn’t have something to add to the team. I’m sure he’ll play some, yes, and I’m he’ll find some some goals — I just feel like a fee this size comes with a lot of expectations.
- Philippe Sandler ($2.75M from PEC Zwolle) – Sandler comes from the Dutch club who had their record transfer sale broken with this move. The 20-year old played quite a few games for the first team and while showing potential also showcased a bit of inconsistency. I think a youngster with this sort of potential is well worth the risk especially because the fee is smaller and the expectations just don’t really exist. Plus, the training and coaching he’ll get at one of the premiere clubs in the world can only aid his development.
- Daniel Arzani ($1M from Melbourne City FC) – There’s not a whole lot of press on Arzani yet outside of that he appeared for the SoccerRoos at the World Cup (with underwhelming performances). The Man City management seems to speak of him pretty highly and seems to be hoping he turns into an Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) type of player. City leadership has reported Arzani to be “one of Australia’s brightest young stars and has demonstrated the drive and raw talent required for success at the highest level“. So, now that they’ve brought him to one of the World’s foremost clubs, he looks set for a loan move to Rangers (likely because of the early transfer window closure).
- Pablo Maffeo ($10M to VfB Stuttgart) – City just bought Kyle Walker last year to add depth to this position, I guess Maffeo is deemed excess. Squad can provide necessary depth at position if needed.
- Angeliño ($6M to PSV Eindhoven) – City acquired Benjamin Mendy last year so they just don’t really have a need for additional depth at this position. The squad has enough versatility to provide emergency help if necessary.
- Olarenwaju Kayode ($3.5M to Shakhtar Dontesk) – City is stacked at striker already, and it appears that Kayode never really lived up to the expectations, he arrived in 2017 and was deemed excess in 2018. The club will lose a little bit of money on this one (~$1M) but otherwise, I don’t think there’s any lasting harm,
Last update: August 13, 2018