Key Players: First glimpse of United’s summer signings

After a long, nearly two-month wait made even longer by the never-ending stream of transfer news and rumours, Manchester United are finally back in action ahead of the 2017/18 season. The first stop of their pre-season tour will be the StubHub Center to take on one of the MLS’ biggest teams, LA Galaxy.

Despite having lost some big names in the last year, names such as Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, and Landon Donovan, and having their form suffer from it, Galaxy still have their share of quality players. Below are two of them, as well as some new United blood to look out for.

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Romain Alessandrini,  Winger, LA Galaxy

Alessandrini was the Galaxy’s biggest signing of the 2017 pre-season, arriving from French side Olympique Marseille, and has so far been the club’s primary attacking threat. Playing on the wing, the Frenchman has contributed eight goals and seven assists since his debut back in March. A tricky winger who is more than happy to cut inside to create and take shots, as well as a danger from set pieces, Alessandrini could be the player to remind United’s full backs that they are not in Los Angeles for holiday.

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Giovani Dos Santos, Attacking Midfielder, LA Galaxy

The former Tottenham attacker had a mixed career in Europe, be it in England or in Spain, but has flourished since making the move to the MLS, recording an impressive 40 goals and assists in 61 games since making the move to the States just under two years ago. With the club struggling for form so far this season, Dos Santos’ form has been affected this season, but he is still a danger man to look out for. His assist in the team’s 3-2 cup defeat to San Jose Earthquakes last Tuesday, his first game since leaving the team to take part in the Confederations Cup with Mexico highlights his still-present quality.

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Victor Lindelof, Centre-Back, Manchester United

The first of United’s two signings of the summer window and one United have been linked with since even before the January transfer window, Lindelof is an addition that United have badly needed. With Eric Bailly the only player to have performed consistently throughout the entirety of last season, a solid defensive partner was needed, and Lindelof seems to have the makings of one. Strong and intelligent with quality passing from the back, it would be interesting to see what he could do in his first appearance in United red.

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Romelu Lukaku, Striker, Manchester United

Having led the world’s press into believing that they were persistently pursuing Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, United finally replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic by signing reportedly-Chelsea-bound Lukaku from Everton for £75 million. With United having only Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who has played mostly on the wing, as their striker options following the departures of Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, they spared no expense in plugging that hole, bringing in a top class, Premier League proven talent in Lukaku. Fans will be able to get a sneak peek into what he can bring to the team against Galaxy, and frankly, it’s difficult having to wait any longer.

Written by Adimurti Pramana


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