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Manchester United transfer deadline day review - puzzling

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From hoaxers, to no deal, to a Fellaini deal. This has been one odd transfer window for United finished in a rather odd way.

Manchester United steadily became the club with one of the biggest stories behind it on deadline day as they only managed to land one of their targets – which can’t go down well with the United faithful.

Up until yesterday, United had failed to do any business under their new manager despite attempting to sign a midfielder – notably Cesc Fabregas earlier on in the window from Barcelona but United’s interest was turned down. Right-back Guillermo Varela was their only other signing which took place before Moyes officially took charge at Old Trafford.

David Moyes was reunited with one of his players from Everton as they secured the signature of Marouanne Fellaini after the midfielder handed in a transfer request late on in the day.

Though some are a little bemused by the transfer fee paid as United splashed out £27.5m, having missed out on a clause believed to be around £4m lower.

There were several targets United missed on as they failed to land Fellaini’s teammate Leighton Baines, with the club then turning their attentions to Fabio Coentrao. Some thought the Real Madrid full-back had signed on a season-long loan in time but it appears that the paperwork didn’t get done in time.

As a result Ed Woodward has come in for a lot of criticism as a result of their transfer dealings, it is safe to say that it hasn’t been the best one for the Premier League champions.

The Champions deal for Hector Herrera collapsed in rather spectacular style according to some reports that three imposters had reportedly arrived in Bilbao, acting as if they were representatives of Manchester United but David Moyes insisted the buy-out clause for the midfielder was too steep at £30.5m.

Other players they were linked with include Luka Modric and Sami Khedira with bids rejected by Real Madrid – as United looked to strengthen their midfield further.

On the positive side for Manchester United, they managed to keep hold of Wayne Rooney after being linked with Chelsea for much of the summer. There seemed to be a lack of activity from Chelsea ever since their meeting with United last Monday, but keeping hold of Rooney could be pivotal if United are to have a successful season.

A surprise outgoing is Nick Powell on loan to Wigan, could Moyes live to regret that if they're short on defensive cover, or will the experience do him good? That remains to be seen.

On the whole, you’d think there will be several disappointed people at Manchester United, along with their fans that they haven’t done more business, as a result will United’s bid to retain their title become that little bit more difficult?

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