There is no doubting the capabilities of Spanish star Juan Mata and the added
creativity he will bring to the Manchester United squad but have United targeted the area of the team that they most need to, or could they have spent more wisely to arrest their slide?
United supporters will be very happy with Mata as he is the type of world class performer they crave but they must still have niggling doubts about other areas of their team which have so far not been addressed.
Question marks still hang over United's defensive capabilities and their need for a world class midfielder. Potential targets in these areas have not been forthcoming and the frailties have been exposed time and time again this season.
Mata is a fantastic footballer and he will bring qualities in terms of creativity that they also lack particularly when Wayne Rooney is absent from the side. The Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland highlighted the lack of creativity they possess and the over reliance on the young shoulders of Adnan Januzaj.
Chelsea have parted company with arguably their best player over the past two seasons and some Chelsea supporters are mystified by Mourinho's willingness to sell to a close adversary. Chelsea though have an abundance of riches in their midfield and Manchester United have benefited from their need to offload one of their stars.
The question marks over Moyes' squad have not been answered by Mata's signing though. If anything there are now question marks over whether Moyes is fully aware of where United's deficiencies are. Does he realise the urgency of rectifying these problems? Or has he decided that signing Mata is an offer too good to be true and does he see it as a signing that can buy him more time in the job?
Similar to the deadline day summer signing of Fellaini United have shown their willingness to change their transfer policy and become more active in the transfer windows. Previously United, under Ferguson, chose not to become embroiled in the frantic antics of the window but Moyes seems to be more willing to do so.
Moyes must now focus on his defence and sign a world class central defender with leadership skills and a central midfielder who can dominate opposition midfields in the Premier league and in Europe.
The signing of Mata is most certainly not a panic buy by Moyes but it will definitely not address United's frailties and will only appease United supporters short term. United supporters are knowledgable enough to know the real issues with their team.
Moyes and United have shown that they are not a fading force in the transfer market and can still compete with the best. They have sent out a clear message to the rest of the Premier League, with the signing of Mata, that they will not give up their crown without a fight and that they have started their rebuilding process in style. However, they must target areas of the team that are more in need.
Which areas of the team do United supporters feel need addressing most?
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