For so many years, Manchester United have been at the forefront of European and world football.
They competed for the biggest prizes, nurtured the biggest players and created a dynasty that many thought would last for many years to come. This dynasty is now falling apart in spectacular fashion.
David Moyes was a success at Everton.
He had an incredibly low budget, yet still managed to bring in the neccesary players to lead his team to a respectable finish. What, I wonder, could have happened to his transfer shrewdness?
There is no doubt in my mind that the team that Sir Alex Ferguson left Moyes was far from brilliant, so you would have expected Moyes to spend big over the summer months, alas, very little happened until the summer window’s last day.
Throughout the summer break, there were rumours that United were close to signing a number of top players, Cesc Fabregas most notably.
However, not one new face was brought into Old Trafford until August 31, when Moyes desperately swooped in to snatch Marouane Fellaini, his previous team’s midfield stalwart.
Thus far Fellaini has under-performed, and Moyes lacks sufficient backup in the midfield area, which is where United seem weakest.
There have been moments throughout the season in which Moyes’ team began to look like the United of old, but these are few and far between.
Overall, United’s defence has been poor, and, despite the beacon of hope that is Adnan Januzaj, their attack hasn’t been much better.
David Moyes must sign pivotal players in this window, or I fear United’s season will only get worse.
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