Manchester United were linked with a move for two Barcelona midfielders over the summer – heavy speculation about Thiago Alcantara amounted to nothing as he moved to Bayern Munich and two failed bids for Cesc Fabregas put an end to a move that never looked likely in the first place.
More recently, United had been linked with a move Andres Iniesta due to delays in his contract extension but as Andy Mitten has discussed in detail in his latest column for United.no, it was a move that was never likely to happen.
With Sergi Roberto not getting much game time in the Nou Camp, United will likely be linked with him and rumours will emerge about Sergio Busquets and Xavi Hernandez for good measure. However, Barcelona midfielders aside, the motive remains the same – United need to buy a midfielder.
Despite Marouane Fellaini‘s arrival in the summer, our midfield is still thin. An injury to Michael Carrick has all of a sudden left our midfield looking very weak and it is dangerous how over reliant we are on Carrick for any sort of stability in the middle of the park.
Ed Woodward and David Moyes didn’t have the best of summers in the transfer market but hopefully they have learned from their errors. Going into the January window, they have had a few solid months to work together, scout and discuss targets. In the summer, they had very little time to settle before the transfer window which didn’t help.
Typically, United don’t buy big in January but back in 2005/6, we signed both Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in the winter window so we have had major buys before, and given the failures of the summer there is a bigger onus on having a strong January.
Whether that means a new midfielder join the ranks remains to be seen but it is likely to be a month where there is some activity at Old Trafford, great or small.