Manchester United welcomed five new players to the club during the transfer window but after high hopes at the start of the summer, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be satisfied with the end result.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to sign their No 1 target Jadon Sancho and was forced to make last gasp deals for Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri and Alex Telles to go with the arrival of Donny van de Beek.
United’s poor start to the season, which sees them sitting in 16th after three games, will be a cause for concern with the squad having an uneven balance.
Mirror Sport takes a look at the three biggest issues Solskjaer and Woodward still have to contend with.
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United have the joint second leakiest defence in the Premier League despite playing a game fewer than the majority of teams.
Eleven goals have been scored past David de Gea and it probably should be more given Brighton hit the woodwork five times in their 3-2 defeat by United.
Much of the criticism has centred around captain Harry Maguire, who has looked off the pace and below the standards which convinced United to break the world transfer record for a defender when they signed him for £80million in 2019.
Solskjaer will hope Telles is an upgrade on Luke Shaw, who has similarily made a poor start to the season.
The United boss insisted he was happy with his option at centre-back which meant interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano was not followed up with a concrete bid.
There is also the ongoing problem of finding suitors for Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo to help fund the arrival of new defenders.
Finding a partner for Maguire to elevate him and relieve the pressure is a major issue for Solskjaer.
Although there was a resurgence in the form of Nemanja Matic when football resumed in June, the Serbian is not the powerhouse defensive shield that he was at Chelsea.
Fred and Scott McTominay are decent options in one-off matches but are short of the world-class quality needed at United.
Paul Pogba is in the final year of his United contract but the club has the option to extend it for a further 12 months.
The Frenchman has struggled this season and continues to be an enigma which United can’t solve.
Until United sign players good enough to shield the back four, Maguire and De Gea will continue to be exposed.
Strength in depth in attack
The signing of Cavani provides back-up to Anthony Martial, who has thrived as the main striker under Solskjaer.
And it means the Frenchman is unlikely to want to be pushed out wide again to accommodate Cavani.
If Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood get injured for a lengthy period of time, United will have to rely on Juan Mata and Daniel James.
While Mata remains a gifted technician, James has struggled with the step-up in expectations at Old Trafford.
Pellistri is just 18-years-old and it would be a gamble for Solskjaer to rely heavily on him.
Acquiring Sancho next summer, amid increased competition, must be United’s ultimate goal.