With the acquisition of Shinji Kagawa more or less completed, inevitably detractors have been quick to claim that the deal was more for financial reasons that footballing.
Football is big business in Asia so with United snapping up the biggest Asian talent in world football today, some are claiming that the deal was done to sell shirt in the Far East.
The manner in which the Glazers have run the club will always leave people suspicious about any move they make but the club have been quick to quash the notion, with commercial director Richard Arnold stating that all of the players are stars:
“We don’t sign players to sell shirts,” he said. “We are reliant on 25 players and they are all massive stars.
“We have 25 George Clooneys.
“When you look at the success we’ve seen in that part of the world, it isn’t down to any one player or person.”