Whilst Manchester United have started out relatively well on the pitch this campaign, there is one aspect of their pre-season preparation that has left a little to be desired.
I am of course referring to their lack of transfer activity. Red Devils manager David Moyes has made all the right noises about strengthening his squad for the coming season, but unfortunately for the Scot, he has failed with all of his transfer targets, and with less than a week left of the transfer window, the chances of United recruiting any more players appear very slim indeed.
One of the things that has been most apparent whilst watching United so far this season is that they need to strengthen their midfield. Michael Carrick has been at his steady best so far, but any impartial observer would have to admit that Carrick's midfield partner Tom Cleverley is simply not currently good enough. That's not to say that Cleverley will never reach the level required, but that at present, United need a more capable player in the middle of the pitch.
Thankfully for United fans, Moyes does seem to agree, and the Scot has spent the majority of the summer trying to get a midfielder to sign on the dotted line. However, he has so far failed to entice a single midfielder to Old Trafford, and with not long left before the window slams shut, the outlook does not look too promising.
As well as badly needing to strengthen his midfield options, Moyes also needs a big signing to show the world that he can sell players his Manchester United vision, and if this eludes him, the confidence of the players is unlikely to be at an all-time high.
The trouble for Moyes is that he has shown a certain level of naivety this summer. His lengthy pursuit of Cesc Fabregas ended in a red face for the United boss, with Football365 recently reporting quotes from Fabregas that intimated that the Spaniard had never had any desire to leave the Nou Camp.
It seems odd that Moyes would continue to bid for a player who was quite clearly not for sale and didn't want to leave; and sadly for the Scot, these sort of actions leave a lasting impression.
Having missed out on Fabregas as well as Thiago Alacantara, Moyes has turned his attention towards his ex-player Marouane Fellaini, currently still under contract at Everton. One might think that Moyes would have more luck in this endeavour, but once again the chances of Fellaini leaving Goodison Park appear remote as a direct consequence of Moyes' penny pinching offer for the Belgian and his teammate Leighton Baines.
Everton described the £28 million bid for the two players as 'derisory and insulting' as reported in The Telegraph, and Moyes' attempt to procure Everton's two best players on the cheap appears to have weakened United's chances of acquiring either player.
With only five days left, time is running out for Moyes, and if the Scot fails to land a big name signing by close of play on September 2, confidence at Old Trafford is unlikely to be sky high.
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