Will Manchester United’s Summer Signings Pay Off?

A longtime natural resources executive in Nigeria, Chiedu Ebie recently served as a managing director with the Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited (MOGCL) in Lagos. Aside from his work as a managing director, Chiedu Ebie is a longtime supporter of the English Premier League (EPL) club, Manchester United. With 26 league games in the books, the Red Devils sit an uncomfortable fourth place in the table, occupying the final Champions’ League spot allotted to the EPL.

The 2014-15 campaign began with a slew of high-profile summer signings, including Real Madrid striker and Argentina standout Angel Di Maria, Colombian goalscorer Radamel Falcao, and Netherlands defensive midfielder Daley Blind. With Di Maria, no one can argue that the talent is there, but a tendency to give the ball away in critical attacking moments has earned him criticism from many of the United faithful. The equally talented Falcao, although plagued by injury for much of the season, has proven wildly inconsistent in his play. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise for United has been Daley Blind, whose no-nonsense play in the center of the pitch has provided an anchor on both sides of the ball. With several months of football still to play, only time will tell if Van Gaal’s summer signings will be worth their hefty price tags.