If I was given the job I wouldn't have signed Maguire and AWB due to the cost and would've kept Smalling for at least another season. I agree with getting rid of players that didn't want to be here though. But I would've gone further and got rid of Lingard, Pereira and Jones too. And with the money available sign a short term RB with a view to giving Ethan Laird, time to stake his claim for the RB spot. Also sign a CB that is considerably cheaper in comparison to what Leicester were asking for Maguire. And then I would spend the rest on a couple of quality midfielders which would in all likelihood served us much better IMO.Probably not but we were never winning the league this year anyway - so why not speed the process up and at the same time free up a load of cash and wages to invest in the squad with new players who want to be here.
Ask yourself this, you get the job tomorrow as United manager and your faced with some average players who are not committed to the club, how do you respond?
As a fan you want them gone instantly, if your trying to quickly change the mindset of this team you want them gone instantly.
At the end of the day if we secure CL football in this season then we will have achieved the maximum we would have gotten anyway whilst simultaneously fast tracking the rebuild. Win win.
The moves we made for Maguire and AWB and for the cost actually slowed down our rebuild IMO. We actually should've been further along with our rebuild if we adopted a strategy whereby we looked for value signings rather than blow most of the budget on a RB and CB, that quite frankly didn't warrant such transfer fees IMO.
Short term RB, Denis Zakaria DM, creative CM and Ibrahima Konate CB.
Would the above 4 players be possible for what we spent on Maguire and AWB? In my humble opinion the answer is yes. And that is the reason I believe the summer recruitment was below average and could quite easily have been much better from a team balance POV.