Juan Mata‘s arrival at Manchester United was an outstanding piece of business, of that there is no doubt, and if he can live up to his £37 million price then United have landed a player who will be central to everything for the next few years.
However, we all know that Mata isn’t going to solve the crux of our issues which has been there so long – a striking lack of quality in central midfield.
In many ways, Mata’s signing mirrors that of Van Persie’s last summer. United lost the title on goal difference and Sir Alex Ferguson was livid, so he went and bought the Premier League’s top goalscorer from the previous season. Despite our midfield deficiencies, Ferguson didn’t sign a natural central midfielder.
Our main problem this season has been with creativity, so David Moyes went and bought the player who got the most assists in the Premier League last year. Fantastic. But, as of right now, Moyes hasn’t addressed our main issue despite the luxury signing of Mata.
Back when Ferguson ignored the problem, he had a midfield ace up his sleeve – Paul Scholes. He came out of retirement to help United through an injury crisis and helped United regain the title the following year.
Unfortunately for Moyes, he doesn’t have our most talented central midfielder ever to pull him out of a hole – so what’s his move? He must have something planned.
There are only three days left in the transfer window and Moyes has reiterated that we won’t be doing any business on multiple occasions, but nobody expected us to sign Mata and look what happened there.
Moyes might have targets who are unattainable in January but his long-term goals for United are tied into the short-term successes.
If United fail to finish in the top four, some of the biggest names won’t want to come to Old Trafford without the Champions League football. Would Moyes risk that by not bringing in a central midfielder at all?