Rating every Man Utd summer signing’s season so far - including £72m star and £47m flop

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The Red Devils made a number of signings over the course of the summer transfer window.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. After an inaugural season under Erik ten Hag that promised so much (and even delivered a piece of silverware) Manchester United were meant to be kicking on right about now. The Red Devils, buoyed by their recent exploits and a summer transfer window that saw them spend close to £200 million, would have been justified in expecting to find themselves in amongst the cut and thrust of a Champions League qualification battle at this stage of the campaign.

Instead, results have soundly gone against them, and at the time of writing, United are languishing 10th in the table, some eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Tottenham. While the reasons why that might be the case are multi-faceted and complex, it is certainly fair to argue that some of their summer business has not had the impact that many around the club would have liked.

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With that in mind, we’ve taken a closer look at how each of Manchester United’s summer signings have fared at Old Trafford so far...

Rasmus Hojlund - £72 million

You get the feeling that when it clicks for Rasmus Hojlund, he will be absolutely devastating. The young Dane has only shown flashes of what he can do in a Manchester United shirt thus far, but there has been more than enough evidence to suggest that he could be the long-term solution to the Red Devils’ striking conundrum.

A brace in the recent Champions League defeat to Galatasaray, plus a smattering of disallowed goals elsewhere, have given United fans glimpses of just how clinical he can be, but more than anything, what truly impresses is just how engaged he looks. One of the main criticisms that has been levelled at the Red Devils in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure is that they have a tendency to appear disinterested, as if they have downed tools at certain points. Hojlund seemingly has no such affliction. The striker is lively, tireless, and looks genuinely delighted to be wearing that famous red jersey. It would be disingenuous to suggest that he has been a runaway success just yet, but his progress and general trajectory is wholly promising.

Mason Mount - £60 million

In fairness to Mason Mount, his momentum at Old Trafford has been stunted somewhat by injury. The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury during the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur back in August, and proceeded to spend a month watching helplessly from the stands as his new club stuttered and stumbled their way through the early knockings of the campaign.

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Still, the game time he has amassed has hardly left a lasting impact. Six outings have yielded just one assist so far, and perhaps the best thing you can say about Mount is that, much like Hojlund, he at least looks as if he wants to be there. That might seem like an incredibly low bar to clear, but not every new Manchester United signing over the past decade has managed it.

Andre Onana - £47.2 million

Look, being a goalkeeper is hard, and anybody who willingly pursues a life between the sticks has to have at least a couple of screws loose. As the last line defence, and with so little margin for error, those wearing the gloves can often come in for an undue amount of criticism, but there are times when, even taking that into consideration, their performances are indefensible.

Andre Onana has, by most metrics, endured a fairly nightmarish start to his time at Old Trafford. The Cameroonian stopper has been beset by uncharacteristic howlers, and the passing game that was so lauded in the build-up to his arrival in England has looked more risky than revolutionary. Maybe in time he will come to settle, but right now, he is nowhere near the level United need him to be at.

Sofyan Amrabat - Loan

As with Mount, Sofyan Amrabat has been hamstrung by injury for large parts of this season, but the 328 minutes of football he has played have suggested that he can be a useful asset to this United side. The midfielder boasts an admirable engine, and his desire to regain possession at every possible juncture is as unerring as it is impressive.

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A stint at left-back proved that the Moroccan boasts a versatility to his game too, and the hope will be that as time goes by, he and Casemiro can solidify themselves into one of the most fearsome midfield duos in the country. For now, however, patience is needed.

Altay Bayindir - £4.3 million

Altay Bayindir is yet to play a single first team minute for Manchester United, and as such, there is no way of judging him. That being said, if Onana continues to falter as he has in recent weeks, it might only be a matter of time before the Turk makes his bow.

Jonny Evans - Free

Football is a mad, mad game; completely sodden with lunacy, and entirely unpredictable. Who could have foreseen, for instance, the prospect of Jonny Evans not only rejoining Manchester United at this stage in his career, but also featuring regularly as a result of an ongoing defensive injury crisis?

Credit where it is due, however, the North Irishman hasn’t looked out of place. With three Premier League outings (and an assist) to his name already, the 35-year-old is proving to be a much more notable presence than many would have imagined, and he has drawn particular praise for the range of his distribution from the heart of defence. It is testament to his quality that he is nowhere near the worst signing on this list.

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Sergio Reguillon - Loan

It is befitting of United’s current plight that the left-back they signed to combat their injury concerns has also been struck down by a spell in the treatment room. The Spaniard has made just three appearances for the Red Devils, with one of those being a one-minute cameo against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and in truth, it is still too early to get a proper handle on whether or not his time at Old Trafford is going to be a success or a failure.

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