Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Transfer Window was never open for Manchester United. Where are we heading?

The transfer window came and went and Manchester United only registered one new player, Anders Lindegaard. whose handling left much to be desired against that third division team, Southampton. In fact I think that Amos is far better.

Chester, Amos, De Laet, Corry Evans, Macheda, Dudgeon, Drinkwater and Stewart went out, mainly on loan.

Much has been written about the amount of money Sir Alex Ferguson has in his transfer kitty. David Gill has often stated that should the manager want a player, he can have him. Well he certainly cannot be happy with the midfield this season, nor his overpaid and under performing ‘star’ Rooney.

Whilst I was impressed by Owen playing with Little Pea at Southampton. Our attack did look ‘active’ unlike Rooney who, apart from one or two touches, appears to be a passenger when he plays. Perhaps the new contract was in the forlorn hope that Rooney would pull his socks up and deliver, producing a large transfer fee sometime in the future. He does appear to be playing the Torres game at the moment- just doing the minimum.

So the question I keep asking myself is why some of this large transfer kitty was not spent on a midfielder, attacker or both this January.

Whatever one thinks of the money spent for Torres or Carroll the truth is that both will revitalise Liverpool and Chelsea and do not forget we have to face Chelsea twice and Liverpool again. Should we lose nine points from those games the season could well be over for us.

Ferdinand is quoted as saying he believes Ferguson will lead the team to a treble this season. That would be wonderful. But I cannot see the team Ferguson prefers, with Rooney and relying on Berbatov who could quite easily slip back into his moods again achieving that success,

Frankly I am now of the view that the transfer kitty is a fairy tale and we, supporters, are being treated like the sacred mushroom. Kept in the dark and fed on manure.

Strapworld. 1st February 2011.


  1. Mr Strapworld,

    It appears that you are right and if we are to believe reports about possible departures this summer, Fergie could be looking to replace up to 10 players. If that is true, then surely it would be better if the manager had added to the squad either in January or last summer?

    On top of which, and if we believe today's Dail Mail, the number could have risen to 11, because Obertan has reportedly handed in a transfer request. Oh dear.

  2. think global...

    no matter how big your purse is, mid season recruits can only, if possible, carry you to teh championship on local league and ManU already has enough depth and quality to compete for premiere league title.

    I also believe it is best strategy to keep your purse and rate income running till the end of season where u can make some much more impressive transfers heading to another CL title in 2012.

  3. We the South African supporters share your view.The midfield is not good enough,and Rooney-no comment.We(Manutd) will get exposed if we meet a team like Barcelona and even Real Madrid in the Champions league.We cant expect Fletcher& Carrick to outperform Xavi,Iniesta or Ozil,Alonso & co.Thats why we struggle to control almost every game in that department.A playmaker might have revitalized the side in the transfer window,but alas...nothing materializeed.The Huge transfer kitty must be a myth.The power certainly has shifted in terms of the best players in the premiership playing at Manutd.We must get used to gritty and defensively good performances for some time to come.-sadly-

  4. Mabiba,

    If United meet Barcelona or Real Madrid, we will be on the wrong end of a hiding.. especially if it's the former. This United squad, with the exception of a couple of players (from an offensive point of view)i.e. Rafael and Hernandez is on the road to nowhere. The fact that United are top of the PL speaks volumes about the loss of quality at the top.

  5. i agree with everyone who says man utd have lost hunger to complete in de transfere window for top playerz ferguson for some reason thnks we cn challeng teams lyk barcelona nd real madrid wit de kind of playerz we hve he must be dreaming becoz our squad iz nt gud enough our midfield iz poor dats why even de smallest of teams cn control us imagine wen we face barcelona they gona tear us to bits we r nowhere near their quality. i thnk rooney was write to some extent dat de team or should i say manager has lost ambition nd dats de reason why we lose our best players to barcelona or real madrid

  6. Little off topic but I feel I really have to take my hat off to Chelsea and Liverpool. Chelsea really showed a sign of intent with the signing of Torres and Luiz - it might be to late for them to catch us this season but it will make them favorites for next season. I also wouldn't bet against them going far in the champions league. They have always looked solid in the later stages of the CPL and Torres will help with that. He seems eager to put his Liverpool form behind him.

    Liverpool just sold their best player and spent every penny. You know that had they not been a bit tied up sorting out the Torres/Carroll deals then Adams would be their too. 18 months after selling our best player we haven't spent anywhere near the money brought in - Liverpool spent it before the ink dried. We can consider ourselves lucky that Berbatov is in the best form of his career and Hernandez has been a masterstroke - We could and perhaps should have been in the same situation as Chelsea were a few days ago. It might have been us panic buying.

  7. Dave,

    I agree with all of that, the big question for me has always been what will happen this summer when we are supposedly having a major clear-out? Mistakes have been made in the transfer market post Ronaldo and only apologists for Fergie will tell you otherwise.


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