Have Manchester United lost their pulling power in the transfer window?
It’s a question that’s rightly being asked by many fans of the club. And, given their inability to sign anyone of any profile this summer, it’s unsurprising that the club’s spoilt supporters are scratching their heads.
United have been blessed with Sir Alex Ferguson, a machine of a manager who brought unprecedented success to Old Trafford. He’s built a reputation from which new manager David Moyes can hope to build his work upon.
However, it appears legend counts for nothing, particularly in the transfer market.
Players often talk about the history of a club after they’ve signed, but in reality it’s all about a club’s standing in Europe and ability to pay big wages at the very highest level.
But, wait a minute, Manchester United are one of Europe’s biggest clubs, and aren’t short of cash either. So what’s going on?
It’s not like United haven’t been in the market for players. Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas have both been linked, and now it’s Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric on the club’s radar - if you believe the papers.
The problem seems to be that, under Moyes, fans of the nation’s most successful club don’t truly believe that these top players will sign.
To some extent, that’s not the manager’s fault. Ferguson wanted him to take the reigns, and there is no doubt that the Scot is a safe pair of hands.
But, in the immediate aftermath of Fergie’s exit, it appears the club are not the force they once were in the market place.
Guillermo Varela might be a good player, but he’s not set the pulses racing in the north west, and could well be leaving on loan sooner rather than later.
Additionally, factor in that one of the club’s star players wants to leave. Wayne Rooney’s desire to get out of Old Trafford certainly isn’t the fault of Moyes, but it highlights how times have quickly changed.
Is it also creating an environment that new players don’t want to move too? That’s another point that’s up for debate.
Whilst the more optimistic of United fans will suggest that another signing isn’t needed this summer, the point being made is that the club are surrounded by a number of negatives.
And, with the Premier League season now less than 48 hours away, it’s hard to think of a time when the champions have been under such pressure.
Chelsea have undeniably improved in recent months following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, whilst ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City have splashed the cash on big-name players.
At best, United have stood still this summer. And, whilst you can never write off this football club, it’s hard to make them favourites for the title.
David Moyes is a good manager, and United will be close this season. But, if they are to win the title, then the former Everton boss needs to make a major statement in the next 17 days.
Selling Rooney appears out of the question. So, a signing would appear to be the only way to go. And, if he wants the supporters behind him, then expect a big name through the door to end a summer of discontent at the house of the champions.