Manchester United Transfer News: Recapping the Most Impactful Moves for Devils

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 1, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on August 25, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Last season, Manchester United tied Manchester City for the best record in the Premier League at 28-5-5, and the two teams tied as the top scoring clubs with 89 points each. 

Manchester City eventually finished the season as the champions, but even though United didn't achieve that honor like they did two seasons ago, they're not going to fade away anytime soon. 

The Devils' acquisitions leading up to this season have set them up for long-term success, so their recent dominance will carry on into the future. 

Smart Acquisitions Will Keep Red Devils Competitive 

One of the top acquisitions Manchester United made was the signing of Arsenal's captain and star, Robin van Persie. 

The 29-year-old striker scored 96 goals for Arsenal between 2004 and 2012. He will surely be able to immediately improve the Devils' point production. 

The £22 million deal put together for van Persie easily makes him the biggest splash made by United (according to The Sun), and he'll be expected to carry the team in place of the injured Wayne Rooney. 

The other major move that is expected to have a major impact on the team is the acquisition of midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia. 

The 23-year-old was acquired for a £17 million fee, according to The Guardian.

Kagawa has scored 78 goals since 2006.

Some of the lesser but notable acquisitions includes Nick Powell and Angelo Henriquez.

The 18-year-old midfielder Powell spent his last two seasons with Crewe Alexandra and scored 14 goals for them during his time there. 

Powell is an up-and-coming player who will be expected to develop and become a part on the team's long-term plans. 

Powell was acquired for a transfer fee of approximately £4 million (according to the BBC). 

Henriquez is another player who figures into the future plans more so than this season. 

The University of Chile sensation may not be available right away and could play for another team on loan as he develops, but he's a phenomenal pickup nonetheless. 

These four players represent solid work by the Manchester United organization. 

The Devils were able to find players capable of helping out immediately, and they were also able to find projects that will help the team in the future. 

As previously stated, the talent level of Manchester United will not be depleted anytime soon. 


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