United's season got off to a disappointing start, with Swansea City spoiling Louis van Gaal's party at Old Trafford, walking away with a 2-1 win after goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson. The defeat has certainly dampened spirits around the club after such a strong pre-season, but the hope now is that the Red Devils will be more active in the transfer market following their embarrassing opening day loss.
Van Gaal has already brought Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, but fans are still hoping to see at least one centre back and central midfielder arrive before the transfer deadline, with the likes of Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Mehdi Benatia (Roma) and Arturo Vidal (Juventus) primary targets for the Dutchman.
Yet reports today suggest that United will focus on keeping one of their current players at the club, with speculation that midfielder Tom Cleverley has been offered a bumper £70,000-per-week contract following interest from Premier League rivals Everton.
Cleverley impressed under Toffees manager Roberto Martinez during their time together at Wigan Athletic, and after becoming something of a scapegoat under David Moyes last season, Cleverley hit out at fans and a summer move was mooted, with a £10m price tag on his head.
However, new manager van Gaal seems to have seen something in the 25-year-old midfielder, having handed him the captain's armband for the pre-season friendly against Roma. Cleverley's passing is believed to be valued under van Gaal, and a new lease of life should do Cleverley the world of good as he looks to get back into the England squad.
A three-year contract extension is reportedly on the table, which would hand Cleverley a deal worth double his current wage of £35,000-per-week.