It was always going to be an issue for Manchester United, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson and ensuring a smooth transition.
On the whole, however, it was handled impeccably. They moved swiftly and effectively to get their man. David Moyes has been welcomed with open arms by Manchester United supporters as the club moves forward into a new era.
Moyes appears to be settling into the role at United, handling his media commitments with great composure and has started the Premier League campaign with two solid performances. His great failing, however, is in this transfer window. With just a few days until the window shuts, United have made no major summer signings and this is a huge cause for concern for the reigning Premier League champions.
For seasons, United fans have been craving central midfield additions. It was a problem for Ferguson and a problem which Moyes promised to address at the start of his tenure. All that has been produced so far has been failed bids, false rumours and lost hope at Old Trafford.
Two failed bids for Cesc Fabregas wasted a large chunk of the window, while United’s Premier League rivals were busy strengthening their problem positions.
It is not as though midfield talent isn’t available. Plenty have moved this summer. Tottenham have shown how quality additions are possible without breaking the bank. They have signed Etienne Capoue, who looks a fine prospect, for just over £9m, while edging closer to adding top European midfielder Christian Eriksen for around £8m.
Both players would have been welcome at Manchester United, bringing a strength and imagination to the midfield department. It would appear as though United have got themselves stuck on one or two targets and when the door slams shut, they are slow to move on and find alternatives.
Moyes is not solely to blame for these failings. New chief executive Edward Woodward has to shoulder much of it. Under David Gill, United acted swiftly in the market, identifying targets and making it happen. Now United are being criticised for their behaviour in this window and no players have come through the door.
Links to Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric and even Bastian Schweinsteiger have proved fanciful. United seem determined to land a big name player for a high fee, when if they opened their eyes they could see plenty of ability for far less money.
The pressure is on for Moyes and Woodward to get one or two players in over the weekend. United need deadline deals to stand any chance of retaining their domestic crown let alone competing in Europe. Moyes cannot continue to insist they will be fine without signings. Their midfield is woefully thin on the ground, heavily reliant on Michael Carrick and sorely lacking in flair and imagination.
Moyes will surely have been delighted by the response of the supporters to his appointment and the way they have rallied around him and the team. Now he needs to repay their faith by capturing some quality players and allowing himself, and the fans, the best chance of silverware this year.
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