One of the main criticisms of David Moyes and Manchester United in the last summer transfer window was that they weren’t proactive enough in seeking deals, which would kick the current squad onto another level.
United were linked with several top quality players such as Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona, but in both cases they were unable to land their targets.
United did make two additions to the squad over the summer with 20-year-old right-back Guillermo Varela coming into the side and Marouane Fellaini made a £27 million transfer on the last day of the window.
Here are our ratings for each player so far this season.
Guillermo Varela – D-
Varela is yet to make his senior debut for the side and has been used primarily in the under-21 side in the under-21 Premier League.
His made six appearances for the under-21 side in the league, producing his first assist but he’s still to register his first goal which is unsurprising considering he’s a defender.
This was very much a signing for the future so his rating is no fault of his own and he certainly can’t be blamed for taking the opportunity to move to Old Trafford when it came up.
Don’t be surprised to see him go out on loan, whether that’s this January or next summer. He’s got a lot of work to do before he’s in the same bracket as Rafael, Chris Smalling or Phil Jones who have all played in his position.
Marouane Fellaini – C
Manchester United fans may have been expecting a lot more from Marouane Fellaini as he’s still to produce his best form in United colours.
It’s been a little difficult for him because he’s had to play different roles in midfield through his nine league appearances this season.
Moyes seems to have bought him to play a primarily defensive role in the United midfield, but the side needs a little bit of creative and attacking inspiration which he was able to produce at Everton.
He’s yet to score in the Premier League or the Champions League and has produced only one assist. United definitely need him to up his performance levels before he goes for surgery on that wrist problem.
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