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What impact will Man Utd's Transfer business have on their Premier League aspirations?

Tuesday 9th August 2016
Tuesday morning saw the conclusion of this summer's longest running transfer saga as Paul Pogba secured his return to Manchester United.

The news of final confirmation has been a long time coming with agent's fees and image rights being the ultimate reason for the delay, but all that matters now is that Pogba has completed the move and is ready to crack on.

Despite his arrival being over-shadowed by a world record £89million transfer fee, the addition of Pogba is merely the latest deal in a summer where Mourinho has had a mixture of quality and quantity to a Man Utd squad who at times last season appeared particularly thin.

Upon The Special One's first press conference as Man Utd manager he insisted he was looking to strengthen “the nucleus” of his squad with four major signings, something which he moved swiftly to do with the acquisitions of Eric Bailly, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now the final piece of the jigsaw, Paul Pogba.

Eric Bailly who signed from Villarreal for £30million is highly tipped to be a long-term mainstay in the Man Utd defence. Despite being just 22, he is a regular international for the Ivory Coast and is expected to take his place as a regular in the centre of Man Utd's defence alongside Chris Smalling, with his superb physical attributes.

The signing of Henrik Mkhititaryan has been deemed as a vital signing for Mourinho's system. The 27-year-old wide man was awarded the Bundesliga Player of the Season award after scoring 23 goals in his side Borussia Dortmund's league campaign. As well as having a keen eye for goal, the Armenian national team captain is renowned for his high work rate, skill and vision on the field and is likely to fit in on the right side of Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 attacking midfield.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs no introduction to the Premier League. His unrivalled goal scoring record playing for Europe's top teams make him an immediate threat in United's attacking line. With his physical stature being nearly as large as his ego, it would be a safe bet that Zlatan will be destined to have a huge impact on how successful Man Utd's title challenge ultimately pans out. Despite being 34 years old, the ex-Swedish international is arguably in the best shape of his career and is the ideal man to act as the focal point for Mourinho's new set-up.

And that leaves new signing Paul Pogba. Putting his transfer fee to one side, Pogba is an excellent acquisition not only for Man Utd, but for the Premier League also. Despite being only 23-years-old, he has already played 124 first team games for one of Europe's top sides, Juventus, and as well as this has racked up 38 caps for the French national team. In addition to this, the physical force he can bring in his 6ft3 inch frame is going to make him an excellent addition to the centre of Man Utd's midfield and combined with his ability to make things happen he could be an excellent addition alongside Morgan Schneiderlin, fulfilling the role in Mourinho's system previously filled by the likes of Frank Lampard and Cesc Fabregas.

Credit must go to Jose Mourinho who has acted quickly and decisively in the transfer market to ensure that the players whom he has brought in, not only have the pedigree to strengthen last seasons below par squad, but also have the characteristics and physical attributes to ensure that United will not only be challenging for a position in the Champions League this season, but potentially could have a shot at the Premier League title if Mourinho's new signings can settle into his system.
Phil Spencer
Sports Reporter covering all levels of the Footballing Pyramid. Member of the Press Association and avid Middlesbrough fan. Twitter handle is PhilSpenc23

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