The transfer window is a torturous thing. Even if a club has a successful summer there is always the feeling that at least one player slipped through the net. For Manchester United fans, this feeling is magnified as the club's search for a decent centre back has yielded no results.
United have signed promising Brazilian midfielder Fred, Portugese right back Diogo Dalot, attacking mid Andreas Pereira and err... veteran 'keeper Lee Grant, but their failure to secure any of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire or Yerry Mina has left a bad taste in the mouth for supporters.
That bad taste is sure to be exacerbated by a report in The Telegraph that claims the Manchester club could've signed Harry Maguire last season for the paltry sum of £15 million.
The England centre half would eventually leave Hull for Leicester City for a fee that could rise to £17 million, whereas United splashed £31 million on Victor Lindelof who has struggled since his move to the Red Devils.
It is believed that Leicester now value Maguire at £75 million, a fee that United board were (understandably) unwilling to meet. The result is Jose Mourinho will have to make do with a combination of Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Jones, Lindelof with Bailly the only one of that selection to have impressed last season.
Man United will face off against Harry Maguire and co. tomorrow night in the Premier League curtain raiser, and with the window now close it will become apparent over the coming weeks whether the club's purse strings should've opened a little further during the summer months.