Moyes learns from Fellaini error

Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United boss David Moyes has made a wise decision by not panic buying on deadline day – particularly after the signing of Marouane Fellaini.

The Manchester United manager decided to stick with his squad rather than push through any deals Friday, but did manage to land a huge signing in Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, with the Spaniard arriving at Old Trafford for a whopping £37.1m.

Many Manchester United fans will be disappointed that the club failed to bring in a left back or central midfielder, but Moyes suggested earlier in January that there would be little business done this month, and that the Red Devils would be more active in the summer.

The revolution at Old Trafford will certainly take some time, and Moyes' patience would add more reputability to recent claims that the Manchester United manager is looking to add up to seven players in the summer.

Better players are generally available in the summer as clubs don't want to sell their stars in the middle of the season, though few Manchester United fans would've turned down the opportunity to sign Nemanja Matic or Yohan Cabaye - midfielders who signed for Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain respectively. The players both went for over £20m, but with Manchester United willing to spend on Mata, it's unlikely that such a fee would've been a stumbling block.

Another thing that may have put Moyes off a deadline day swoop could be the limited success that Marouane Fellaini has had at Old Trafford. The Belgian arrived from Moyes' former club Everton on deadline day in September, but has been plagued by poor form and injuries, with many Manchester United fans now questioning why the club paid £27.5m for him. 

The move, having failed to reap any rewards for the Manchester United so far, piled even more pressure on Moyes after a summer of failure in the transfer market - having missed out on the likes of Thiago, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera.

Whilst it's wise of Moyes to avoid the deadline day chaos, he needs to deliver on his promise of signings early in the summer – or face up to the potential of another summer deadline day of panic.

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