As Manchester United continue to show on the pitch that there's still much work left to be done for Louis van Gaal and company, their fans look off the pitch for hope that last season's woes will not repeat themselves this season.
The Red Devils made a big splash last week, announcing the signing of Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria after a productive summer spending campaign. But as told by a sluggish start to the season, they aren't done retooling their roster and look to make some noise before Monday's deadline approaches.
Here is a look at the latest news coming out of Old Trafford as we approach deadline day.
Manchester United waited until the last minute, but have seemingly secured a longtime target.
Ajax defender Daley Blind is set to be the newest United signing after the two clubs agreed to a transfer for the young left-back, according to Simon Stone of BBC Sport. Stone reports the move carries a £13.8 million fee for Blind's services.
The deal was finalized on Friday, and instead of waiting for the medical to make it official, the club announced it Saturday morning, citing it was "subject to a medical and personal terms."
Van Gaal had plenty to talk about after his side's 0-0 draw to Burnley, but Blind was near the top of the list. Van Gaal shed light on the situation:
The Netherlands defender burst onto the scene with his fantastic play in the 2014 World Cup, and it became apparent immediately after that Ajax would be hard-pressed to keep him. That's only amplified with Van Gaal—the Dutch manager in Brazil—running the show at United and attempting to implement his unconventional defensive formation.
Blind would figure to be an ideal player to fit the left-back role, but it's been decided that the versatile player will line up in the midfield instead, per football journalist Peter McVitie:
The 24-year-old might pan out to be a defender with the Red Devils, but his versatility, speed and on-ball skills make him a strong candidate to play in the midfield to start out. Recent signings Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw also figure to be up-and-comers at Blind's defensive position.
Though, if Blind gets his form back up to where it was in the World Cup, Van Gaal might be forced to use him as the squad's left-back to help stretch the field.
Manchester United have made no secret of their affinity for Arturo Vidal, but a move to Old Trafford doesn't look to be in his immediate future.
After ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney reported earlier in the week that United turned their attention from the Di Maria signing to courting Vidal, ESPN reported Friday that the club is "no longer planning to bring in" the Juventus man.
Van Gaal openly admired the midfielder last weekend per the ESPN report, but the Serie A champions are not looking interested in giving up their prized star in the midfield. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Vidal is staying put with the club for next season, per Sky Sports: "He's a fundamental player for Juve and he will stay with us," Allegri said, per Sky Sports. "He feels good and is training."
The club made a big splash in the midfield by signing Angel Di Maria, but the struggle still carries on for United to find that possession-controlling presence in the defensive midfield.
With the signing of Blind becoming finalized, perhaps the club plans on the Dutch defender filling that void in the midfield for now.
William Carvalho is a name many United fans have simply been waiting on to arrive in Old Trafford, but that dream seems to be dying as the transfer window closes.
Manchester United are no longer courting their longtime target from Sporting Lisbon, according to a report from ESPN.
Carvalho was a hot commodity on the transfer market for United last season under David Moyes, and he remained on the radar for Van Gaal. But it appears as if the new manager has looked in the direction of new signings Ander Herrera, Di Maria and Blind instead.
United have already struck a deal with Sporting Lisbon this offseason, recently acquiring Marcos Rojo from the Portuguese professional club.
The 22-year-old still has some growing to do, but the Red Devils have holes in the middle of the field and could use some reinforcements in the form of defensive midfielders. It's not looking like Carvalho will be filling those holes.
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