Last summer, Manchester United had a fantastic summer transfer window bringing in the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell but it was the signing of Robin van Persie that was the best bit of business in the league that year.
The Dutchman spearheaded United’s Premier League triumph and his 30 goal return in all competitions was the catalyst to our success over the season.
During the same window, Manchester City’s activity was laughable as they brought in the likes of Javi Garcia, Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell. For a team who had won the league, they had done nothing to strengthen the real quality of the squad and it was a prelude to their poor season.
But so far, the roles have reversed this year. City have really strengthened their squad with Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo. They have brought in some top quality players to an a squad already littered with world class players and they look a far stronger beast than they were 12 months previous.
United have only brought in 20-year-old Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela and David Moyes has struggled to secure any of his targets. Rejected bids for Cesc Fabregas, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have been the only official movement in what has been uncharacteristically sporadic movement from United who have traditionally wrapped up their business early on.
From that standpoint, United look weak. Instead of going out to improve on a Championship winning team, we have rested on our laurels and have left it late if we are to bring players in. Typically, signings done toward the end of a transfer window are heavily influenced by a necessity to buy a new player more than anything else and United are slowly creeping towards that desperation.
All of our rivals around us have strengthened their squads while we have started the new season without bringing in new faces and if Moyes doesn’t manage to land players who really add to United’s side in the next nine days, we will be on the back foot from the very start because we’re one injury to Michael Carrick away from having an almost non-existent midfield.
This isn’t an attack on Moyes but United must keep pace with our rivals spending if we are to not get left behind and make the same mistake that City did after they won the league in 2011/12.