Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward recently made a statement outlining the club’s intent to recruit a strong enough side to challenge on all four fronts next season, hinting that they hare likely to make a host of big-money acquisitions to achieve their goal, but would the Reds Devils be trying to buy the Premier League title?
It’s something supporters have been critical of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for in the past, but now United are set to top the spending charts for a second consecutive summer to sign their coveted targets. A mass overhaul is expected at the end of the season, and Woodward revealed the club are going to spend large sums of money to challenge at the top again.
“The squad will be absolutely deep enough and ready to challenge on all fronts and all competitions next year. That will as ever involve some ins and outs. In regards to this summer’s transfer activity we have already started implementing our plans. We expect to be active again during the window, as we look forward to next season challenging for trophies in all competitions,” he said.
Last summer, Manchester United spent approximately £170M on Angel Di Maria (£66M from Real Madrid), Luke Shaw (£33M from Southampton), Ander Herrera (£31M from Athletic Bilbao), Marcos Rojo (£17M from Sporting Lisbon), Daley Blind (£15M from Ajax), and Radamel Falcao (£7M loan fee from AS Monaco)
The signing of Memphis Depay has set them back a further £25M, and there’s more to come through the door this summer. So should Manchester United be challenging for at least one club honour next season given how much they have spent in the last couple of transfer windows? Could they be accused of trying to be the title?
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is reportedly on his way to the Premier League, after a season to forget in Spain, with a deal to United being “almost done” according to some sources. It’s another example of how United’s financial muscle could haul themselves out of trouble, propelling them to success.
While Manchester United have always been a club to spend large sums of money on the right players, they have parted with a lot for any side in the last two seasons, and they are in desperate need to see a return of their investments soon. Manager Louis van Gaal said he has three seasons to win the Premier League title, so this campaign should see United take big strides in the division.