Manchester United: Rating the Red Devils After the Transfer Window

Robert DemmettCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2011

Manchester United: Rating the Red Devils After the Transfer Window

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    Manchester United head into this weekend's matchup against Chelsea undefeated and tied in the Premier League for the top of the table. During the transfer window, United's additions made them better, deeper and younger.

    Manchester United have made themselves the favorites for the Premier League, and one of the best teams in Europe.

    So here is how the transfer window has improved United for not only this season, but the future as well.

Ashley Young

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    Ashley Young came over to United from Aston Villa this transfer window. Not only has Young made United a better team now but, at 26-years-old, he is set for a great future at Old Trafford.

    Young improves the midfield, which was the weakness of the team last year, which was shown in the Champions League final by Barcelona.

Phil Jones

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    Phil Jones improves the depth of the defense.

    With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic already suffering injuries this season, this signing may be the most important.

    With Jones and Chris Smalling, the defense has a bright future.

David De Gea

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    After Edwin Van der Sar retired, David De Gea was acquired from Atletico Madrid this transfer window. At only 21-years-old, De Gea will be the goalkeeper of the future as long as he is deemed capable by Sir Alex Ferguson.

    De Gea began his term at United with a rocky start in the Community Shield and the first league game against West Brom. Since then, De Gea has been stable, even though he hasn't seen a lot of action so far.

    He will be tested this week against Chelsea. 

Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley

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    Since returning from loan, these two players have shown great promise. Welbeck will have a tough time cracking the starting XI with Wayne Rooney and Chicharito stealing playing time, and Dimitar Berbatov lurking on the bench.

    Tom Cleverley will be out for the foreseeable future after damaging ankle ligaments. Cleverley was playing particularly well before his injury, especially in the Tottenham game.

    Macheda has come back from loan again, but should not see too much playing time with the starting XI.

Conclusion

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    This season, Manchester United are the overwhelming favorites for a repeat of their Premier League championship. They have bigger aspirations to make a run in the Champions League, and the depth of this team will allow them to be effective in both tournaments.

    After Wednesday's draw at Benfica, United head into this weekend for an early season matchup against Chelsea. The new transfers should make an impact in this game, as well as for the rest of this season.

    Don't be surprised if United can beat Barcelona if they meet in the Champions League, because it wouldn't shock me.

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