Opinion

How Man Utd’s summer signings have rated so far: Bailly, Pogba and more

Jose Mourinho signed four players in the summer transfer window. So, how have Manchester United's summer arrivals got on?

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Eric Bailly

The Ivory Coast international moved to Manchester United in a £30m deal from La Liga side Villarreal in July. Eric Bailly was the first of Jose Mourinho’s four summer signings. The United centre-half has proven an instant hit at Old Trafford, impressing when partnered alongside Daley Blind. Bailly was a robust influence on Mourinho’s back four in their opening three Premier League games as United beat Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City without conceding a goal. While the African’s performance level has dipped over their past four games, it has still been a promising start for the centre-half. 7.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Sweden international added some glamour and experience to Mourinho’s squad after the centre-forward completed a free transfer to Old Trafford from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. While Ibrahimovic may be heading towards retirement, the 35-year-old has still scored an impressive five Premier League goals, a Europa League strike and the winner in the Community Shield at Wembley. His shelf life at United could well be relatively short, but for the remainder of his current contract, he will play a crucial role in Mourinho’s plans to rebuild the 20-time English champions. 8

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has made one Premier League start in the 2016-17 season so far. The Armenia international started from the substitute’s bench before Mourinho included the attacking midfielder in his line-up for the visit of Manchester City. The 28-year-old, though, struggled badly and was unsurprisingly replaced at half-time. His first-team appearances have been limited since that flat derby-day performance. 4

Paul Pogba

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Mourinho’s four summer signings. The France international had a solid debut and produced a couple of eye-catching moments that had the Old Trafford crowd on their feet. However, the world-record £89m signing struggled against Hull City, Manchester City and Watford. Paul Pogba appeared to have turned a corner when he scored in United’s 4-1 win against Leicester City. However, his performances since have suggested that Mourinho has work to do to get the best out of the former Juventus man. 6

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