Manchester United will divide their fans opinions by avoiding any transfer additions this January.
Boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has confirmed that he has no plans to spend unnecessary money to bring in any new faces in the coming month.
United, who spent £20m for Dutchman Robin Van Persie in the summer, have had problems defensively all season, with the worries at the back requiring form of the very highest upfront.
So for some, a new right back for example wouldn’t have been too much of a surprise. But do United really need anyone else?
Not unless they’re absolutely World class additions. Along with older boys, Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra, United also have the younger talents who are already establishing themselves; Rafael, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Alex Buttner and Johnny Evans. Ferguson has trust in these and why would he give that up now just to spend more cash?
“I don’t have to because I am more than satisfied with the players I have in my squad, a group as good as any I have had in my time at Old Trafford.”
Furthermore, United have another of their summer signings, Shinji Kagawa returning from injury for this weekends fixture vs West Brom. The Japanese attacking midfielder has been out for several months with an injury, but now returns with his first chance to put a string of games together.
He’s like a new signing for United now, having not had him playing for so long – people forget the impressive start and influence he first had on the United side in the early days of this season.
“I am not looking to do any serious transfer business in January,”
But will Sir Alex Ferguson look to sieve out a few of those he no longer requires? Well, who is there? No one in that first team squad will go. Sir Alex doesn’t like to, and won’t split up his side mid-way through a season. He wants to keep the momentum and spirit going, building throughout and until May.
But you’d expect he’ll loan out a few of those lower down in the Old Trafford pecking order.
Portuguese forward Bebe has already been sent out on loan. The 22 year old who signed for £7.4m in 2011 has joined Rio Ave, in Portugal until the Summer.
Other than Bebe, Sir Alex has various younger players such as summer signed forward, Henrique who may need games. Sir Alex is a big user of the loan option for giving his younger players opportunities to prove and develop themselves, up and down the leagues.
By Stowe Gregory @stowegregory