Manchester United will struggle in the January transfer window

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Let's face it, it's imperative to Manchester United's title hopes that they get their transfer business right in January.

The summer woes may be forgotten to the annals of history now, but it should serve as a timely reminder to the Premier League champions, and perhaps more importantly David Moyes, that they will have to work very hard to get the players they want before they're snapped up by others or decide that it's not worth the hassle to move.

Moyes will most certainly get a considerable amount of cash to play with this time around, but there's still some problems that could stand in the way of the blockbuster deals most fans are expecting them to pull off.

Here we take a fleeting glance at five problems Moyes and United might face when it comes to conducting their business in the winter transfer window...

David Moyes himself

The dust may have settled on Sir Alex Ferguson's departure and Moyes is slowly improving his stock at Old Trafford, but that doesn't mean that he ranks amongst the world's elite managers just yet.

For rising stars and already established players alike it remains a matter of paramount importance that the clubs they move to have managers who are proven in terms of handling the pressure at the top.

As of yet Moyes doesn't tick that box- he may some day, but at the moment he's still relatively unproven and it could count against United if it's choice between his team and someone like Jose Mourinho's.

Lack of world-class talent available

It's normally the case that in January there is at least one world-class name up for grabs in the market. This time around however the only viable options- and by this I do not mean the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi- are those who haven't proven themselves capable of cutting it in the harsh climate of the Premier League.

It's not an issue that United are alone in facing, but it is one that puts them at a disadvantage when it's considered that their main rivals' squads generally boast better quality in depth. 

Heavy competition for targets

A point that ties in well with pretty much all the others on this list, but one that ultimately should have United fans perhaps the most concerned. Now more than ever there is intense competition for any player who becomes available on the market in Europe and, as opposed to season's gone by, United don't have the bonus of Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Their mixed form will count against them as well when it comes to players choosing either them or the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea. Put plainly, one wonders whether United can currently compete with the biggest teams on the planet in the transfer window. In the summer they couldn't.

Their main targets don't need/want to move

A point that can and probably will change between now and the start of the winter window, but a relevant one at the moment nonetheless.

When you look at David Moyes' main transfer targets in January- the likes of Nemanja Matic, Angel di Maria, Leighton Baines and Ezequiel Garay- the majority of them either aren't ready to push a move for themselves, or aren't going to be let go by their clubs with any sort of ease.

It's a struggle to think of one player who is a dead certainty to move to the red half of Manchester, particularly when they've been targeted by other big clubs. 


Yes, Moyes will be afforded a nice transfer kitty with which to bring in players in the New Year, but United don't realistically have the financial muscle to fight with the very richest clubs around.

When it comes to offering £50million plus for a star it's easy to imagine teams such as Manchester City, Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain coughing up without too much problem.

Would David Moyes do the same? I can't see it happening myself. 

Then of course there's the small matter of paying ridiculous amount per week to retain said players. Again, their rivals will probably seize the initiative. 

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