Manchester United made a stunning new acquisition in Radamel Falcao on transfer deadline day, signing the Colombia international striker on a one-year loan deal from AS Monaco.
The former Atletico Madrid star became the seventh signing of the summer for the Red Devils, following the arrivals of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Vanja Milinkovic (who has been sent back on loan to FK Vojvodina), Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind.
When these players are fully fit, then United’s starting line-up will change dramatically from last season, with only David de Gea, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata guaranteed a place in the team (at least on paper).
So how will new United manager Louis van Gaal accommodate all these players in the same team? Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has his say.
‘He (Van Gaal) will have to make some big decisions’, the ex-England international told Sky Sports. ‘If they keep the system they are playing in at the moment – the 3-5-2 – it makes a little bit easier.
‘But if they reverse to a 4-3-3, it comes a bit more difficult because one of them has to start upfront and then you play your two wide, maybe a Di Maria or whatever. It is an embarrassment of riches and that’s what he (Van Gaal) is getting a vast amount of money for'.
Van Gaal is a manager who has worked with top-class players before so he will be expected to make the new-look United team work.
Of course, it will take some time for the team to gel and get into the rhythm, but now that he has a side with world-class players, it is only a matter of time before Van Gaal’s magic starts to work.