Manchester United 2018-2019 Transfer Review, Part 2

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.
Ins:

  • Fred ($65M from Shakhtar Donetsk) – I anticipate that Fred will add a playing style similar to Nemanja Matic. Mourinho is constantly frustrated by the willingness of his players to track back and sell out for defensive duties, one particularly vocal feud has been over Paul Pogba. Fred plays very hard at both ends of the pitch with the goal of turning possession over and getting it up on the counter attack, where he is also very good at providing key passes to get other players into position to score/assist. I anticipate him getting a lot of run in the first side, perhaps at the expense of a player like Ander Herrerra (whom Barcelona is rumored to be courting — again) or Mata who can’t provide the same defensive contributions.
  • Diogo Dalot ($24M from FC Porto) – Dalot is a young prospect that will continue to improve (likely vastly). He is a typical Mourinho forward that can get forward and provide exceptional crosses. Like Fellani, he is also very competent with winning aerial challenges. I think that Dalot will see a fair amount of first team time this year, especially as Mourinho sorts through his defensive inconsistencies. Look for Dalot to improve and be a stalwart at the back for a long time to come.
  • Lee Grant ($2M from Stoke City) – I think this move for grant is more about maintaining serviceable keepers, United have made it very clear that they have to intention of selling David De Gea. So I don’t see this as being a threat to anyone in that manner, I think it’s more a case of ensuring back up with Sergio Ramos injured with an unknown return timetable.

Outs:

  • Daley Blind ($17.5M to AFC Ajax) – Blind was brought in under the former regime and was never really a player that Mourinho had much interest in. He played occasionally throughout most of the defensive positions, but was unlikely to have much of a future with the club. Honestly, I think that the club has done well to get this much of a return. After having Blind for 4 years, the fees basically wash out — essentially United got the player for four years for the cost of his wages. I also think this is only fair for a player that is likely to slot right into the side at Ajax.
  • Sam Johnstone ($8M to West Brom) – De Gea and Ramos have held down the goal keeper position for United for a long, long time and I don’t expect that to change. Johnstone would have been some way down the pecking order with Joel Perreira at least in front of him. I’m not sure there’s much hope for Johnstone to break into this side, so the club has done well to get this much fee for him.
  • Michael Carrick (Retirement) – Carrick held down the midfield at Old Trafford for the better part of 12 years. He’s finally made his choice to retire after his long tenure, and he’ll be remembered as United legend for many, many years to come.

Last update: July 28, 2018

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