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Martin Keown explains why Manchester United have done the best transfer business so far

The former England international has offered his verdict on the transfer business done at Old Trafford.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown feels that Manchester United have done the best transfer business of the summer so far.

In his Tackle Keown column for the Daily Mail, Keown believes that United have addressed concerns they had in the middle of the park with the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich and Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.

He said: "It’s so difficult to tell until we’re a fair way into the season, but at the moment I’d have to say Manchester United. They’ve bought a lot of big names, but look how Angel di Maria turned out last season!

"I think Morgan Schneiderlin is a really good signing. He’s good in and out of possession, and he understands the Premier League. He also played well when Southampton won at Old Trafford last season.

"There were times last season when United struggled to control games, and this was largely down to their midfield. They missed Michael Carrick when he was injured, but now they’ll have him back along with Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger. I think what they need now is a centre forward. But we could see many teams going in for a striker at the end of the transfer window."

There is an element of caution to his analysis, but when you look at the games that Michael Carrick was absent from the United line-up last season, you could tell that he was an integral part of their side. Other Premier League sides will have seen the business United have done in the midfield market, and rivals will be aware that they face a tough battle in the middle of the park against Louis van Gaal's side. 

As Keown alludes to, there is a need for a forward to be brought into the club following the departure of Robin Van Persie, with captain Wayne Rooney nailed on to be the man starting the season playing through the middle, with support from summer signing Memphis Depay.

The club have been linked with a move for Barcelona forward Pedro, but there are rumours to suggest that deal will only go through when Angel Di Maria's departure from Old Trafford is confirmed, according to the Daily Mail

There have, of course, been some high profile moves among the other clubs pushing towards the top of the Premier League. Liverpool have brought in several new players again, Manchester City have made a couple of notable signings - Arsenal and Chelsea have been a little quieter but have done some significant business, while Tottenham Hotspur are expected to be busy between now and the end of the window.

Only time will tell if Keown's verdict on transfer business will be vindicated. 

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