Not signing anyone else is not the end of the world. You can see why we didn't get anyone in. Macguire wasn't the finished article type of player Mourinho wanted to lead the defence, Boateng has a poor injury record and looked absolutely awful at the World Cup. We'd have been paying a lot of wages for someone who could have been injured or nowhere near good enough. Alderweireld also has a poor injury record, and we'd have held to ransom by Spurs. He's the guy I would have gone for personally, but perhaps there are other factors. Hopefully it's not just that he wasn't glamorous enough for Woodward. Mina isn't particularly good, and paying massive agent fees for him would have been stupid. Godin was never going to happen - apparently he was using us to get a better contract.
The squad is slightly stronger than last year. We've lost Carrick and Blind, neither of whome did anything last year, and gained Fred who appears to be a very good player, and Diogo Dalot, who provides cover at full back, although I know absolutely nothing about him. We also seem to have a revitalised Luke Shaw, and Sanchez, who will surely be a lot better this season, plus Pereira, who looks a class act in midfield and could be like a new signing if he's given a chance.
The defence is a problem, of course. Smalling, Jones, Rojo, and Lindelof have shown no signs that they are good enough, and Bailly is always injured. We haven't got a lot of cover at full back either, which makes the decision to loan out Forsu-Mensa a strange one. The crap defence puts pressure on the rest of the team to play too defensively, which leads to the kind of over-cautious performances we keep seeing.
It's a big season for several players. Sanchez has to step up. Rashford needs to be a first team regular and show what he can do. Pogba needs to be a lot better than he was a lot of the time last season - he needs to be allowed to play, and he needs to improve his attitude as well. Shaw needs to get himself into the team and do enough to stay there. He's got the quality, he needs to show it. And above all, Mourinho needs to either get his shit together or fuck off before he does any more damage. For fucks sake for all the talk of strengthening on the pitch, he's the weak link. We could have done with strengthening there arguably more than at centre back. One problem this window is the struggle between him and Woodward over signings. He wants Mourinho players - strong, efficient, unimaginative killer robots to grind our way up the league. Woodward wants marketable galacticos. I would imagine that Mourinho is frustrated with other people at the club making football decisions. I doubt he ever wanted Macguire, for example. In a way Woodward is undermining the football side of things by the way he's doing things. On the other hand you feel that an ideal Mourinho window would have involved Martial and Pogba leaving, and several 29-year-old Mourinho players coming in to replace them. He can't manage flair players. He wants to stifle them, sacrifice that flair on the alter of better, higher-percentage decisions on the pitch. He might be right - he has a far more successful football brain than any of us.
God only knows what's going to happen tonight. We'll probably win 5-0 after all this angst.