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A large proportion of Manchester United fans were not best pleased with their club's dealing in the transfer window, but there really is not that much to be worried about other than losing a bit of face after missing out on a few targets.

Marouane Fellaini was the only significant addition made by David Moyes before the window closed, while a move for Ander Herrera had strange reports of the failure to do a deal having something to do with imposters and a bid for Sami Khedira was immediately knocked back.

Despite being disappointing, this was not as severe a blow to United's plans as many have taken it to be. Moyes has inherited the Premier League champions and a squad that is full of experience, character, talent and pretty much every needed to win trophies.

One thing a marquee signing could have done was to boost fan morale, something witnessed in Arsenal's record-breaking purchase of Mesut Özil from Real Madrid for £42million - the outpouring of delight from what was a disgruntled fan base is incredible.

United could do with a bit of that goodwill right now, but the squad is not really a worry; the midfield was lacking a physical presence and the big Belgian will more than make up for that. Creativity was a concern against Liverpool, but Moyes has plenty of guile with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa.

Rooney was injured for the Liverpool loss and Kagawa was left out of the squad because he was not fit enough - these are two very talented players that specialise in opening up opposition defences.

Fellaini provides the versatility to change tactics without personnel changes and gives the squad variety, meaning they do not become one dimensional.

Behind the happiness at sealing the signing of Özil, many Arsenal fans were grumbling about the failure to recruit another striker or further reinforce the back line. Manager Arsene Wenger is no mug and he knows that the German international will help his side become significantly more creative.

An injury to Olivier Giroud could be a worry, but the Gunners do have viable options to replace him in Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski; admittedly, the latter is injured but that is just something a squad has to deal with.

In Giroud they have a player that looks to be developing into a dangerous Premier League striker and signing another senior forward could have an adverse effect on the France international.

The key to Manchester United's and Arsenal's success in the transfer window was continuity; Wenger wanted continuity because his team are the in-form side of 2013, which is mainly down to their vastly improved defence.

Not getting another defender should not be a major issues for the Gunners, as their impressive recent record has proved their defenders are good enough to win them games with the right team organisation.

Moyes took over from the most successful manager in the history of British football at one of, if not the, biggest clubs in the world - he needs as much continuity as possible.

It would have been extremely unwise to go in and start tearing down the set-up that had been cultivated under Ferguson, especially not in the year after they had just won the Premier League for a record 20th time.

Manchester United and Arsenal have done good business, because the business they have done was exactly what they needed to build on already solid foundations.

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