United’s transfer activity has been a cause for concern for their fans and tongues have been wagging due to an under whelming summer for United in the transfer market.
Questioning Sir Alex’s choices always comes with a high risk of having to eat your words, given that he has proven himself time and again throughout his tenure at Old Trafford.
United fans will have to put their faith in their manager’s supreme judgement after he opted to bring in only three players during the transfer window and let eight players leave or be loaned out.
The revelation that Sir Alex had not even seen Portuguese striker Bébé play before telling David Gill to sign him is one of the things that set alarm bells ringing as to the wisdom of some of his transfer choices. Spending £7.4 million on a relatively unknown player that you haven’t even seen seems a little rash, especially following the criticism he gave to Man City’s ‘kamikaze spending’.
With no resolution to their apparent need for a new midfielder, some see Fergie’s transfer activity as having failed to address their most pertinent problem. Having been linked with with a number of midfielders including Mesut Ozil, the transfer window closing with no new additions to the midfield could be seen as a major opportunity missed.
United’s midfield depth has been weakened by allowing promising youngster Cleverley to leave on loan and it is still uncertain if there is any light at the end of the tunnel for Owen Hargreaves’ injury woes.
Placing faith aging and injury prone Paul Scholes to be the main creative force in the teams midfield seems like risky business and United fans will be praying that they don’t suffer from a spate of injuries to key players that could upset their chances of success for the season.
Critics of Sir Alex’s lack new signings will have to bear in mind that this was the case for the majority of the Premiership clubs. With the exception of Man City most of the big clubs were reserved in their transfer activity only making a few new additions to their squads from last season.
Fergie will be judged by what happens on the pitch this season, but if there is a lack of silverware come May his perceived failures in the transfer market will be one of the things that will be held against him.
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