United business a real scandal

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 11:26

Marouane Fellaini: Manchester United's only signing

Marouane Fellaini: Manchester United's only signing

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Manchester United FanZoner Craig Malpas bemoans the club's transfer business and says it is scandalous they did not even bid for Mesut Ozil.

Late last week I analysed David Moyes' performance so far. Not in the first few games of the season but, more importantly, in the transfer market.

I suggested that, although he hadn't been successful, he ought not to be mocked for bidding for the players he wanted. Instead, I defended him, naïvely thinking that Moyes and Woodward would step up and deliver the players Michael Carrick desperately needs to stand next to him.

Yet as Jim White dramatically slammed the window shut, Moyes was left standing outside digging his own grave. On the most important day of his Manchester United career so far, Moyes (and chief executive Ed Woodward) were found woefully lacking.

Arsene Wenger has finally shedded his affliction to buying a top-class player in tremendous fashion. Unfortunately, it seems that the disease was contagious and has been passed on to Moyes.

This summer United have either been strongly linked with, or have actually bid for Cesc Fabregas, Daniele De Rossi, Ander Herrera, Sami Khedira, Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines, Luka Modric, Thiago Alcantara, David Luiz and Juan Mata.

Some of the midfielders which came in to the Premier League are Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Willian, Mathieu Flamini, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and now Mesut Ozil.

And United have ended the transfer window with Fellaini. One single solitary signing. Now, I am a big fan of the Belgian and I am certain he'll be a success at United. I also still believe we have a strong, title challenging squad.

But, if you take a moment to read through the names listed above, the single solitary signing of Fellaini is dreadfully inept. And the problem isn't just the lack of further signings.

Firstly, the problem lies with the fact that United's approach this summer has the left the club open to ridicule and, no doubt, manipulation. The way in which United flirted with so many midfielders across Europe ensured the club was asking to be held to ransom, such was the desperation with the endless number of bids for so many players.

Who was it we wanted? Fabregas? Herrera? De Rossi? Fellaini? Khedira? Did we want Fellaini so badly that Sky Sports could only tentatively confirm the deal at 11.13pm? Did it cross anyone's mind to offer on July 1 when Moyes made his way to United?

Second, there is the question of why did United not go in for Ozil? Now I may be a rarity, but I am not a myopic madman claiming United are the greatest team ever. Nor am I foolish enough to think that if United went calling, Ozil would come running. I accept he may have preferred Arsenal, I would understand if he'd never heard of David Moyes.

But to fail to register an interest in a player I believe will arrive as the Premier League's best midfielder is not only careless but downright scandalous.

And thirdly, United have paid £27.5million for a player who could have been purchased for £23.5million approximately five weeks ago. The less said about the price the better - I am sure there'll be plenty of other football fans who have plenty to say.

Regardless of where United finish this season, Moyes has failed his first test. There's only one thing for it...hire Joe Kinnear as Director of Football!

I suppose it could've been worse after all.

You can follow Craig on Twitter @SeventhRed - and don't forget to follow @FanZone for links to all the latest blogs.

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