Will the Millionaire Investments Serve Manchester United to Get Out of the Crisis?
The signings of Christian Eriksen (free), Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martínez, Casemiro and Antony seem like a desperate move by "the red devils" to overcome the delicate moment they are going through as a club .
LatinAmerican Post| Nicolás Donoso Álvarez
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It is a new season for Manchester United and the scenario since Alex Ferguson left the club seems to be complicated again. Another cycle in which the "red devils" spend millions of euros, getting desperate in the market and failing to convince as to how the game works and the results. The story is not new, and it is not strange that the fans begin to lose patience.
According to data provided by ESPN, United have spent nearly a billion pounds in the last decade, beating teams like PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Juventus and Chelsea. As if this were not enough, he has barely managed to win six titles in this period of time, among which a Premier League and a UEFA Europa League stand out.
For the current course, the team, now led by the Dutchman Erik ten Hag, has spent the impressive figure of 238.2 million euros. 15 million for left back Tyrell Malacia, 57.37 million for Argentine Lisandro Martínez, 70.65 million for former Real Madrid Casemiro and 95 million for his most recent signing, right-winger Antony. It should be noted that the Danish Christian Eriksen arrived as a free agent.
An exorbitant amount of money spent for a team that has not finished starting the season well. It is true that he has achieved important victories in recent days, such as the one against Liverpool at Old Trafford, but his campaign started in the worst way, with painful defeats at home against Brighton (1-2) and away against Brentford (4-0).
Will the signings be successful?
One of the main doubts that afflicts United fans is whether the large investment they made for this season will serve to reposition themselves as one of the best teams in the world and gradually consolidate a project that apparently lost its way a few years ago. And it is that it is known that in today's football money is essential to be able to form a competitive squad, but Manchester United has not even guaranteed performance and results.
The bet on left back Tyrell Malacia seems reasonable based on the price paid, his age and his growth margin. The 23-year-old Dutchman completed 32 Eredivisie games last season for Feyenoord, scoring one goal and dishing out four assists. A player with good leadership, who likes to join the attack and well-placed when defending.
In the case of Lisandro Martínez, the Argentine arrived from Ajax and cost more than 57 million euros, which could be justified in view of the prices paid today. He landed in Manchester to improve one of United's weakest positions, defense. Although it can be deceived by its physique; his good reading of the game, his technical quality and his great positioning can give him a jump on a defense with multiple problems, since neither Maguire nor Varane have fulfilled the expectations generated by their arrivals.
Regarding the signing of Casemiro, it is the reinforcement that should bring balance, forcefulness, and solvency. He must be the “bridge” between defense and midfield, and allow Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes to play at different heights. A priori, the more than 70 million euros spent on him could turn out well, because the Brazilian won five Champions Leagues with the Real Madrid. Also, he is at a good age (30 years old) and could solve some defensive deficiencies that the team has. United, as well as giving a quality leap to a team that needs it to correct the course.
The latest signing was Antony, the skilled Brazilian winger who also came from ten Hag's former team (Ajax). The fixed 95 million euros, plus another five in variables, make it one of the most expensive signings in the current summer market. At 22, he scored ten goals and dished out eight assists in 30 games last season, and not only his numbers are pretty good. The Brazilian is a winger capable of taking off many players in the same play, fast, associative and decisive. This signing could be key, especially as Anthony Elanga still seems to be growing, and Jadon Sancho has proven to be irregular since his arrival in Manchester. In close matches, Antony could be the great solution.