Those Manchester United fans anticipating a January full of big spending may have to shelve those expectations, after manager David Moyes revealed he may have to wait until the summer to sign the players he wants.
Speaking in the build-up to this evening’s match against Sunderland, Moyes said, “I’ll look at January but I wouldn’t want people to have big expectations about what you could sign or do in January, because I don’t think January has been a really good month to sign really at the top.”
Citing the fact that he already had great players at the club, Moyes then added, “The job is to progress, to make progress at Manchester United. We’ll look to add to the squad if the right players become available.”
Perhaps Moyes has learnt from the summer, when chief executive Ed Woodward revealed there was plenty of money for a stellar signing only for those to stay where they were or go elsewhere.
Or perhaps, as fans have learnt for themselves down the years, the January transfer window is an anti-climax where only the most desperate of business is carried out. Although by then, United could be rather desperate.
In team news for this evening’s match, the BBC reports that Wayne Rooney should return from injury after missing Wednesday’s Champions League match.
Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley remain injury doubts, while for Sunderland, Fabio Borini returns having sat out the match against his parent-club.
And finally, in an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, former United player David Beckham has been talking about life without football.
Speaking about his retirement, he said, “A decision like that, I was always going to second-guess myself. I was always going to question whether I was going to make the right decision or not.
“But I think you always do that as an athlete, you always feel like you can play on when you can’t.”
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