Revealed - The rule which could dictate Manchester United's winter spending

David Moyes

There is an obvious Premier League rule which could affect Manchester United's winter transfer plans.

Any Manchester United fans hoping for some quick January purchases when the winter transfer window opens will be frustrated because there is a very simple reason that deals won’t be possible straight away.

Pro-Manchester United website quite rightly points out that due to the Premier League’s 25 man squad limit, David Moyes will have to get some players going the other way before he can go out and invest in winter signings.

Fortunately for United, the calibre of some of the youngsters at the club means quick loan deals are possible which would free up space for permanent and higher profile signings to come in at Old Trafford.

The likes of Fabio, Wilfried Zaha, Ashley Young, Nani and more have been linked with various loan deals and permanent transfers which would create space for Moyes to fill quickly, meaning he wouldn’t be breaking any Premier League rules.

The quality that United’s fringe players possess means it shouldn’t be too hard to secure quick loan deals for some of the youngsters if Moyes would prefer that approach over axing more established members of the first team squad.

Moyes is under pressure to make big, marquee signings at United and the calibre of some of the players that the Premier League champions are being linked with suggests that there could be a lot of competition for them.

A good example is Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria, a player that United would be naïve to ignore the possibility to sign but someone who will have plenty of high profile sides interested.

Therefore, it’s fair to suggest that the emphasis is on speed to ensure that United don’t miss out on key players all over again as they did with the likes of Thiago last summer.

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It’s a fine balance that Moyes has to achieve because if he decides to sell three or four first team squad members, it may not be that easy to replace them in the middle of the season.

It’s rare that a lot of the big sides do a lot of business in the winter, allowing players to leave because even fringe players have a part to play over the course of a long season.

However, Moyes and United seem to have a very clear and obvious long term vision together, which makes the possibility of drastic winter sales very small.

Moyes only has to make a couple of tweaks in order to create the space for players to come in, he certainly doesn’t have to alienate higher profile members of the squad who could be very important over the second half of the season.

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