June has always been a busy month for Manchester United in the transfer market.
Last summer the month saw them wrap up a deal for Shinji Kagawa, while the previous year deals for David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones were all wrapped up early.
The advantages of securing signings without delay is simple: Acting early means beating their rivals to the top players on the market, they arrive in plenty of time for pre-season and settle with the squad, and everybody knows where they stand.
A look at the clubs last year who left their business until the last minute shows the consequences; Tottenham left it all until deadline day - by which point they had failed to win any of their first three games - which proved crucial come the end of the season.
Meanwhile Liverpool tried to sign Clint Dempsey and knock down the price to sign him on deadline day, didn't close a deal even after loaning out Andy Carroll, leaving them with no effective cover for Luis Suarez until January.
Realising their mistake, Liverpool are already acting early this summer, bringing in Kolo Toure and moving for Iago Aspas, and several clubs are doing the same.
With Manchester United in transition, it remains to be seen whether they will be early movers or not this summer or not. David Moyes' contract at the club does not officially begin until July 1, although he is already busy at work with the club.
If he is to ensure United are early movers this summer, he will have to break a recent habit, and spend big money in June.
For over the past five seasons at Everton, the Scotsman has been a particularly slow mover early on in the summer transfer market, spending cash on just two players.
Both of those were signed in the summer of 2010, £1 million spent on striker Magaye Gueye and another £500,000 spent on forward Joao Silva. Neither player went onto establish themselves as regulars at the club.
So Moyes has elected not to make any signings in June in four of the past five windows. Last summer his first pieces of business were in early and late July, signing Steven Naismith on a free and bringing back Steven Pienaar to the club from Spurs.
The wider picture is that Everton's finances are severely restricted when compared to United, and they can't go out and make big statement signings.
They usually have to sell to buy, and once the proceeds of their player sales are netted, only then has Moyes been able to use the chequebook with more freedom.
It's just another example of the differing set of circumstances he faces at United, but his players off on international duty or summer breaks, he is likely to wait to meet with each of them upon their return before making greater decisions.
Two of the club's top midfield targets, Kevin Strootman and Thiago Alcantara are currently in action for their countries at the European under-21 tournament, and won't discuss their futures until afterwards.
This isn't of course to rule out Moyes making some big decisions this month, he may feel he has to if he wants to stay on top of his new life as Manchester United boss - He'll just have to change his recent habits to do it.
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