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Edinson Cavani Gets A 9/10 | Rating All Of Manchester United’s New Signings This Summer

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester United are clearly under pressure this season, following a disastrous start to the campaign. The Red Devils are dawdling on the wrong end of the table after winning just one of their three matches in the Premier League so far.

Fortunately, they were one of the busiest teams on the deadline day, and here at The 4th Official, we will rate every one of Manchester United’s new signings this summer.

Ratings Manchester United’s New Signings This Summer

Donny van de Beek 6/10

Donny van de Beek was the marquee signing for Manchester United this summer, joining the club for a fee of €39 million.  Unfortunately, the move is yet to pay dividends as the player is finding it difficult to get into the starting lineup.

The idea behind the signing of van de Beek was also bizarre given the fact that Man United already had a reliable number ten in Bruno Fernandes while Paul Pogba was performing well after returning to full fitness since the restart. The club also have two reliable holding midfielders in Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay.

The Dutchman, as a result, faces an identity problem in the Man United setup. That said, the 23-year-old could be useful in the long-term, especially with Pogba’s contract running out and Matic nearing the final phase of his career.

Amad Diallo 7/10

A deadline day signing, Amad Diallo joined the club in a €21 million move from Atalanta, though that fee could rise to €40 million. The 18-year-old is yet to secure a work permit, and he might have to wait until January to don the Man United kit.

Diallo has been brought in as a future prospect at Old Trafford, especially after missing out on Jadon Sancho. The Ivorian has no experience in professional football but has shown a lot of potential in the Italian youth divisions. So he is indeed a shrewd signing from Man United’s part, and it will be interesting to see how this deal plays out for the Red Devils.

Alex Telles 8/10

Alex Telles was a much-needed buy for Manchester United as they clearly lacked depth in the left-back department. Luke Shaw, in particular, has faced a lot of criticism over the years, with his understudy Brandon Williams lacking experience at the highest level of football.

Ratings Manchester United's New Signings This Summer - Telles get an 8/10.
FC Porto’s Brazilian defender Alex Telles celebrates after scoring a goal during the Portuguese league football match between FC Porto and Portimonense SC at the Dragao stadium in Porto on February 23, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Telles, who joined from FC Porto for a fee of €15 million, could, therefore, be an excellent addition to the side. The Brazilian is much more versatile and athletic than Shaw and has been playing at the highest level for many years now.

The 27-year-old has, in fact, made almost 200 competitive appearances for FC Porto while also winning a cap for the Brazilian national team. He could become a vital component in Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s defensive setup this season.

Edinson Cavani 9/10

Arguably the most eye-catching transfer for Manchester United this summer, Edinson Cavani’s addition to the club drew mixed feelings among fans and experts on the deadline line, with Arsenal hero Paul Merson dubbing the transfer as a “panic buy“.

In truth, however, Cavani could be a smart signing for United given the fact that he is still a lethal forward despite his age. More importantly, the Uruguayan international has shown minimal signs of deterioration in terms of his athletic abilities, with the forward also boasting a terrific, aggressive mentality that could add a new flavour to the United attack.

He is one to keep an eye on this season.

Facundo Pellistri 7/10

Much like Diallo, Facundo Pellistri is a future signing for Manchester United. He was a player of Penarol, before making an €8.5 million move to Old Trafford this summer. He is a right-winger by trade, boasting quick-feet and an ability to drift past opposition using his pace.

In Pellistri, Man United will be hoping to replicate Arsenal’s success with the signing of Gabriel Martinelli and given the youngster’s track record in his native Uruguay; it is certainly a possibility. He could look towards his compatriot Cavani for some guidance.

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