I'm not going to make any pretense here - I, as a Manchester United fan, am angry.
Sure, we won the title by a whopping margin last year, but all this speculation that doesn't come to fruition is killing me. When David Moyes came in at the beginning of July, most fans only worried about how be would perform during the Premier League season - whether he would be able to bring the same winning mentality that the "Great Scot" Sir Alex Ferguson did.
One overlooked pitfall of his arrival is his ability to attract young talent. Sure, backed up by a world class management team at United, it's never going to be impossible to attract the best and the brightest, but his real lack of success so far suggests that United have suddenly become a less appealing prospect than they were last summer.
Historically, United's calculated thrift has been the problem - maintaining margins has led to underspending in the transfer market while rivals shelled out hundreds of millions. This, however, doesn't seem to be the main problem any more.
Moyes has made it no secret that there is an obscene amount of money at the new manager's disposal this transfer window, and rightly so. Manchester City have already surpassed the £80m mark between Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas, and Fernandinho. Chelsea have brought in such bright talents as Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel, who together cost an excess of £25m, with more sure to come.
United, however, have only bought 20-year-old defender Guillermo Varela for £2m, who will immediately go back on loan. Moyes needs to strengthen his team, especially with Wayne Rooney pushing for an exit.
The problem is, and it is a problem that United have not had in a long time, that United no longer look as attractive a team to join following the departure of Ferguson. Has there been one signing at Manchester United who did not mention working with Ferguson as one of the main motivations to come to United? Short answer, no.
Ferguson possessed a sort of allure that was irreplaceable in the Premier League, and was only possessed by a few managers world-wide. Who wouldn't want to work under the man who moulded Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few?
United used to be able to compete with those clubs willing to fork out £100,000 a week contracts to youngsters because of his legendary status. Now, United don't have that weapon at their disposal anymore. Don't get me wrong, Moyes is no slouch when it comes to attracting talent.
But hypothetically speaking, there is no way Thiago Alcantara would have turned down the offer to join United if Fergie was still at the helm. United no longer have an edge that has allowed them to attract so many of the world's best youth and will inevitably have to turn to spending big in order to accomplish their transfer ambitions.
It's time for Ed Woodward, CEO of United, to realise this and act accordingly. This transfer window has been a massive disappointment so far, but there is still time for Moyes to turn it around. One big signing could open the floodgates for players to want to join Moyes's project.
It's time for United to join the world of the big spenders. We have the cash, and it's time to use it.
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