Any football fan, no matter what the team was sure to have a keen eye on proceedings during the January transfer window. As expected, it was a less than active market for us Manchester United fans with no inward signings. Two teams really stole the show during the market however, Chelsea and Liverpool with the signings of Fernando Torres for a sum believed to be up to £50 million and David Luiz for £23 million, and for Liverpool, Andy Carroll for £35 million and Luis Suarez for £22.8 million. However, this market was by no means a negative one for Manchester United.
As I previously mentioned, a signing was not expected nor a necessity yet many Manchester United fans felt the team could well do with an addition especially in the central midfield position. It was heavily rumoured that Man United would be signing Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam with bookmakers dropping the odds of him signing for Man United to low prices such as 1 to 10. Other than that it was an unusually quiet market for Man United, a team usually rumoured with every Tom, Dick and Harry.
With Ji Sung Park returning from the Asia cup, a rather successful one for him might I add picking up second place in the player of the tournament. Luis Antonio Valencia is also expected back later this month and also Wayne Rooney hopefully hitting form after scoring two goals against Aston Villa. All these changes are all positive as the players look to push ahead of rivals in chase of the coveted 19th title. Of course you can’t expect players like Fernando Torres to settle in at their new club and new surroundings immediately, especially with a huge £50 million transfer fee, all eyes will be on him. Will he crack on perform better under the pressure? Will the January transfer window indeed be a good one for Manchester United despite the lack of signings? Only time will tell.