Manchester United had a well-publicised stutter in the recent summer transfer market. Our only major signing was Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million, a player we could well have signed a month earlier for £23.5million!
The list of players we missed out on isn’t short and is detailed all over the internet, including in the Betway Sports news blog. Leighton Baines, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera all stayed at their respective clubs, while Gareth Bale opted for Madrid and Thiago chose Munich. The main positive of the summer was keeping hold of Wayne Rooney despite Chelsea’s shameless advances.
With the United faithful far from impressed with new manager David Moyes’ transfer dealings, it is vital for the Scot to strengthen in January to appease the stands.
Below is a selection of players United may move for.
Moyes took Baines to Everton and tried to take him to United but no deal could be reached. With left-back Patrice Evra aging and doubts about Alexander Buttner’s potential it’s likely Moyes will return to his old club again in hope of signing Baines. The left-back seems keen to go but Everton will only sell at the right price.
Reports suggesting that the skilled Barcelona playmaker has rejected a contract at the club will have Moyes on high alert. Any manager worth his weight in salt would move for a player of Iniesta’s calibre. He would be a huge signing for the club and would appease fans.
The 34-year-old has been told by Juventus that they will not extend his contract, meaning he cut be available cheaply in January. There’s no doubt Pirlo has class but age could be a decisive factor for Moyes as he does not offer the best value for money.
The hugely exciting Southampton right-back would be a solid buy for Moyes. At only 18-years-old he offers fantastic potential and would be the mainstay right-back for years to come. Moyes would face stiff competition for his signature and any deal would probably include a loan-back clause.
Whether Moyes signs any of these players only time will tell, but after their indifferent start United certainly need to strengthen in January in order to stay in the hunt for the title.