Some people may see Thiago Alcantara joining Bayern Munich as a major loss for Manchester United, as the Spaniard was reportedly on the verge of a move to Old Trafford.
But, perhaps some United fans and others should not be so quick to criticise. Initial doom and gloom reactions have inevitably already risen by those who believe all good comes from transfer business, but take a moment to review the situation.
Signing a player of Thiago’s class is never a bad thing. But United don’t really need him. Another midfielder would certainly be a help, but a price tag of over £20m for a young player who is currently not good enough for Barcelona is not the only option. United have a very strong squad currently, there is depth in all areas that the majority of the Premier League can only dream of.
Thiago is still not a sure deal, he is obviously talented, but it’s not like David Moyes has missed out on a proven player who would be guaranteed to provide United with extra quality from day one.
Don’t forget the youth at United already too. From Tom Cleverely who is still developing to the incredibly exciting Shinji Kagawa, they all provide Moyes with current options alongside the big stars that we all know so well. Look to the future and to the U21 League winning squad of United which includes various promising talents with Adnan Januzaj as the most notable. At 18 he is looking set for a possible break through season, with the chance to show his ability at the highest level. He looks very gifted, so with a bit of time can develop into an impressive player. Add the likes of Nick Powell to that list and there is hope at United despite not being able to capture Thiago. Other transfer work is likely to happen, but United fans should keep in mind that the squad is full of depth anyway.