What was it that David Moyes promised he wouldn’t be doing this month? Oh yes, he asserted that under no circumstances would Manchester United be bringing in any players who would fall into the ‘panic buy’ category.
Despite not literally speaking those words, his statements concerning his upcoming transfer dealings were undeniably delivered with those intentions. Unfortunately Moyes did not then go on to clarify who fell under the panic buy category, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what may constitute such an individual.
Though opinions will naturally differ on who or what the Manchester giants need to claw back their season from the brink of the abyss, the vast majority will all share some sort of basic view; they do not need another striker. Moreover, they do not need a striker who will cost them £55million.
If you’re up to date with your transfer gossip you’ll have already registered that I’m talking about Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
Rumours both home and abroad would have you believe that not only are United intrigued with the prospect of bringing the Uruguayan to Old Trafford, they’re actively seeking to make it happen. One wonders, is this merely another high-profile, expensive, blunder waiting to happen?
There’s no doubting Cavani’s prowess and technical ability in the final third of a football pitch, that’s not the issue here. Surprisingly you won’t find many bemoaning Moyes’ decision to hone in on a player who costs so much either.
No, the basis for argument against the purchase of the 26-year-old finds its backing with one prudent fact that United surely can’t overlook; they do not need another striker.
In Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie they have arguably the finest forward line in the world on reputation. Backing those two up are Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, both of whom would comfortably walk into most European sides if given the chance.
In other words, the one area of the pitch that United don’t need to be shaking up, as it were, is up front.
The unfortunate reality in the current climate is that there are plenty of broken parts to the Manchester United machine. For a start there is a distinct lack of power in central midfield, a worryingly unconvincing back-line and a hearty helping of players who simply aren’t good enough to be relied upon in a squad which is hoping to challenge across the board for major honours.
Were I a United fan I would be praying that the majority of the mooted £150million funds available would be spent on addressing the key issues that are restricting the team in terms of their ability to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal; the acquisition of a top-class supporting cast can rest on the back burner.
Then of course there’s the circumstances that make this transfer at all feasible to consider- by that I mean Cavani’s happiness at the Parc des Princes. The prolific striker is said to have grown discontented in Paris purely based on the fact that he has been forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the race for the lone striker role in Laurent Blanc’s system.
Were he to make a switch to Moyes’ side would he oust either Rooney or Van Perise? The answer there is no, or at least it should be unless the former decides that he wants to join Jose Mourinho’s revolution.
There’s no questioning Cavani’s skill, nor the subsequent price-tag on his head. The same can’t be said for United’s rumoured intent.
Now what was that about panic-buys?