As the January window slammed shut last night on a dramatic transfer deadline day which first saw Liverpool, then Chelsea each smash the British transfer record to sign Andy Carroll (£35m) and Fernando Torres (£50m) respectively, in a combined spending spree which exceeded £130million.
Manchester United had a comparatively quiet month, as the chasing pack looked to bridge the gap between themselves and the Barclays Premier League pacesetters who sit five points clear at the top of the table.
Sir Alex Ferguson sent out a message that he was happy with the squad at his disposal, and as a result only allowed players to move one way during the mid-season window – out of Old Trafford.
Apart from a pre-agreed deal that saw promising goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard sign from Aalesund FK for an undisclosed fee, the Red Devils have loaned out a number of up and coming youngsters, most notably Federico Macheda to Sampdoria for the remainder of the season.
However, United officials were rocked when French U21 winger Gabriel Obertan handed in a transfer request right at the close of the window and just 18 months into his four-year contract at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old who arrived for £3million from Bordeaux in the summer of 2009 has failed to make a big impression in Manchester, and as a result his confidence has been considerably knocked reports the Daily Mail.
Obertan is said to doubt whether he can make the grade in the Barclays Premier League and is now looking for a return home back to his native France once the season is over. Having made 14 appearances for Ferguson’s side this season, Obertan has been a bit-part player, and this could be a reason why he has struggled to find his feet and his form.
He scored his first competitive goal for United in November in a Champions League tie away at Bursaspor, but has since found himself primarily used as a bench warmer – though he played the full game in last weekends FA Cup fourth round victory over Southampton but once again struggled to impress.
United will be hoping that a successful end to the season might convince Obertan that his future is in Manchester, but if the want-away attacking midfielder still wants to leave then Ferguson and co will look to offload in the summer.
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