EPL Transfers: Manchester United summer signings review

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Manchester United summer signings review
Manchester, Sept 7: Sir Alex Ferguson has splashed over £50 million this summer transfer window to challenge rivals and Premier League champions Manchester City. The 70-year-old Scot said reclaiming the title is Manchester United's number 1 priority.

Team Profile: Manchester United

Despite their financial concerns, United were not far behind their Premier League rivals in terms of signing high profile players. Notably, the biggest transfer this season was undoubtedly Robin van Persie's £24 million move from Arsenal.

Moreover, injury to key defender's did not bother Ferguson to look at the transfer window, however, he opted to bolster his attack with Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell to begin with.

The Red Devils were linked with a £12m for Everton Leighton Baines as cover for veteran left-back Patrice Evra. But United instead chose to sign youngster Alexander Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem for £5 million.

The transfer of Van Persie to Old Trafford raised doubts over United striker Wayne Rooney's place. The England international, Rooney, played most of the last season as a second striker or in midfield but with the arrival of Shinji Kagawa from Borrusia Dortmund, United look settled with the new look attack.

Van Persie, 29, has justified his transfer fee and wage demands after helping United comeback with a dramatic hat-trick against Southampton while Kagawa started United's opening three games and shined playing behind the Dutch hitman.

Rooney, who is currently injured, failed to perform in the away loss against Everton and was eventually benched for the home game with Fulham. Ferguson already has four main strikers at his disposal but recently signed 18-year-old Colombian international Angelo Henriquez for £4 million.

Dimitar Berbatov, 31, who recently joined Fulham in a £5 million move, was bought by United in 2009 for a record breaking fee of £30.5 million but was ignored for most parts during the previous season. Michael Owen, 32, whose United career was marred with injuries, was allowed to leave as a free agent.

However, Ferguson should have looked at strengthening his defence rather than midfield and attack. Although veteran defender Rio Ferdinand returned to action to partner with captain Nemanja Vidic, United lack defender's to cover their two most experienced centre-backs.

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