Ever heard the saying “more money than sense”?
Of course you have. Not only is it a phrase that can be applied to an innumerable amount of people in the modern age, but it’s one that’s ever so slowly crept into football.
Let’s face it, the days when a football club was filled with personnel who cared about it from the off and were willing to offer their heart and soul at a moment’s notice to ensure its success are long gone; it has become a sport centred around money.
And whilst naturally it’s the fat cats that splash the most dosh who reign supreme at the end of the day, the gift of a massive budget can quite easily become a poisoned chalice - just ask Anzhi Makhachkala.
It’s with solid certainty that I can say Manchester United now risk falling into a money trap that could put them in jeopardy for the foreseeable future.
You all know the story. The aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement has crippled the squad and the onus is now upon David Moyes to swing his financial muscle behind a project which would see the team torn to pieces, reconstructed and hopefully reinvigorated.
Ed Woodward has already confirmed that the club is prepared to make unprecedented changes in it’s bid to ensure parity with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal and many reports suggest as much as £200million could be spent this summer on bringing in new faces.
Whilst that’s all well and good in theory, only a fool would believe that it will be plain sailing from here on in if you’re a fan of the Red Devils. Furthermore, those pointing towards Chelsea and City as examples which United can follow in their bid to re-climb the rankings need to take a moment to see the differences in the respective situations.
Whilst both City and Chelsea were clubs who had come, in relative terms, from mediocrity - and so were willing to steadily build from the ground up over a number of years - United find themselves at the other end of the spectrum.
Make no mistake, regardless of the wishy washy talk that Moyes will be given all the time he needs with which to construct his ideal team, the growing unrest surrounding United’s form this season should be evidence enough of one pertinent fact; the fans won’t wait for glory.
And so Moyes needs to tread carefully in the summer transfer market. Though he may have the funds to bring in the players he most covets, a mass influx of high-profile stars could easily upset the balance and harmony which was integral to the success enjoyed by his predecessor, and more big-name flops could easily push United further into the realms of capitulation.
Of course it’s not all doom and gloom. With £200million there isn’t likely to be a target who finds himself out of Moyes’ price range and, providing he targets the right men in the right positions, it’s easy to envisage a far stronger team turning out next year than the one which is painfully plodding about its business this term.
The Scot has largely been ostracised for the way he’s conducted himself and the team this year, but only at the end of this season will fans see if he’s really got the sense to build and maintain a title winning squad. If he hasn’t, then things could go from bad to absolute crisis.