Manchester United have been very quiet in the transfer market this summer but the tough Champions League draw they have been given could change things.
David Moyes has been pro-active in the respect that he’s tried to bring players in, but United are still sitting at a point where they could seen be faced with at least half a season with their current crop of players.
Moyes has made it very clear that there are one or two areas of the current squad he doesn’t quite have complete belief in and areas he could now work doubly hard to try and fix before that deadline this Monday.
The two positions he seems to be very keen on improving are left back and the centre of his midfield.
For whatever reason, he doesn’t seem to have faith that Alexander Buttner is good enough to replace Patrice Evra, hence the pursuit of Leighton Baines.
He also seems to want more cover in the midfield which would allow Wayne Rooney to be pushed up front as a striker, but also to provide more cover, hence the bids for Cesc Fabregas and Marouane Fellaini.
United’s Champions League group throws them into a tricky challenge against Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad.
It will be tough because there are different challenges, different styles and different skills to be used going from one match into the next.
It’s important for United to have a very healthy and very inform squad because it could get very difficult for Moyes quickly having to juggle tricky away ties before coming back for an intense Premier League clash.
Injuries, suspensions and the old problem of fatigue means he needs different options in different positions and he needs to eradicate any doubts he currently has with the squad.
If Moyes is serious about bringing in the duo of Baines and Fellaini then he needs to urge United to get their biggest offer on the table before the weekend or early over the next couple of days.
If the club wait to try and do a deal on Monday then that places literally all of the power into Everton’s hands and the Toffees can effectively demand any price they like for their players.
United have been quiet this summer but they have always been alert and looking for players. The only effect that the draw yesterday would have had on their current transfer plans is increasing the urgency they will go about their business.
It’s extremely doubtful that Moyes will now allow United to become a vehicle of panic, producing random bids for players who don’t cut the grade desired by the Premier League champions.
United would benefit from a bigger squad, as any side would.
What do you think? Do you expect to see some signings at Old Trafford before the end of Monday?
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