No Premier League side can match Manchester United in terms of high-profile signings this summer, with a fourth major deal just over the line.
Morgan Schneiderlin will join Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger amongst the new faces at Old Trafford.
With more additions widely rumoured to be in the offing, the United side that lines up to begin the 2015/16 campaign under Louis van Gaal could well be almost unrecognisable from the one that featured in Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell fixture.
The Red Devils may have secured the league title with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa four games earlier, but six of the players to start that game made the XI for the 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns that brought the curtain down on Ferguson’s 26-year reign.
Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones each began both fixtures.
David de Gea, Rafael, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney were the quintet to make way after the Villa game.
Of the eleven players mentioned, it is debatable whether any, bar Rooney, will start against Tottenham on the 8th of August, a game United are 13/20 to win.
Instead here is how news.bwin.com expect them to look.
Despite not including Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini or Angel Di Maria – bought at a cool collective £114.2m – the new look side still boasts £172.8m worth of post-Fergie acquisitions.
It should be noted, however, that United may recoup a sizeable amount of cash in selling both Di Maria and De Gea in the near future.
In the rebuilding that followed the legendary manager’s departure, near Manchester City-like levels of sustained expenditure have been undertaken under first David Moyes, then Van Gaal.
City took time to mould their acquisitions into a team capable of challenging for titles, with Mark Hughes providing a vague parallel to Moyes’ short-lived spell.
Having started their spree from an altogether stronger position, can United throw down a challenge for the Premier League this term at odds of 11/2?