Injury troubles are what makes Manchester United vulnerable right now. The biggest injury is of course that of Nemanja Vidic; however, injuries have also claimed Fabio Da Silva, Ashley Young, Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Michael Owen. Rafael Da Silva and Javier Hernandez have only recently been injury free and Danny Welbeck is still suffering from a knee injury.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson has still managed to maintain an effective team able to crush any opposition; of course, there are times when squad members do not gel effectively enough and leaves the team vulnerable. Even Antonio Valencia was deployed at right back and Michael Carrick at center-back. But, should a team go and splash some money on the transfer market just because of injury issues?
Manchester United have a phenomenal team and splashing money on the January transfer market makes absolutely no sense. We have always had a need for a great creative midfielder—everyone would love to have a Xavi or a Juan Mata, but January is not the time to go for it: players willing to transfer are limited and January is not a lucrative deal for these players either as Manchester United have already bowed out of the Champions League after losing to Basel.
We have two phenomenal keepers in David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard. The number of world-class defenders in the roster of Manchester United, when fully fit, is amazing. You have seasoned veterans like Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, and bright prospects like Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans. Not to mention the Da Silva twins. Vidic is unlikely to return for the season, but the rest of them are equally capable, except for a small lapse in concentration and judgement.
Moving on to the midfield, we have the same story every season. When is the void of Keane and Scholes going to be filled. Well, it has been, by Scholes himself. Although he is not the great player he once was, he is still capable of providing those magic moments as we witnessed against Bolton the other week. We have three phenomenal wingers in Ashely Young, Luis Nani, and my personal pick for United player of the season so far—Antonio Valencia.
Whom Should United Splash Cash on this January?
Most like to assume that we do not have world class players playing in the center midfield position. But we do. We have Michael Carrick, and despite what most United fans want to banter about, Carrick is truly world class. His passing and vision is exceptional. It is probably because he is not as flashy as other midfielders are that he gets a lot of unfounded criticism, but he does his job. If you disagree, you are also disagreeing with Sir Alex's judgement.
Darren Fletcher, after having the same level of criticism levelled against him, has started to show his class. Anderson is also recuperating and is expected to be back by the end of the month. Anderson signifies one player who has made leaps and bounds in ability and is going to be a crucial player for many years to come, like Keane was.
And we also have one of the biggest and brightest up and coming talent in Tom Cleverley. Rumour has it that he will be fully fit before the crucial encounter with Liverpool in early February. Why buy Wesley Sneijder when you already have a Sneijder in the making. People seem to forget easily how influential Cleverley was during the start of the high-flying United season. On account of his splendid performances, he even got an England call-up.
For the price tag, wages and declining age of Sneijder, he seems to be an option not even worth considering. I would imagine him to be a hindrance to the development of other players. Perhaps next summer's transfer window, Sir Alex might find a suitable, young prospect, and I would be fine with that. We are not Manchester City; we develop players with potential, not buy well established ones.
For rotational policies, we also have greats like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the magnificent Ji-Sung Park.
Coming to the striker department, I do not think I need to go into detail why we need to add any strikers. This holds especially true as Macheda has been shipped out on loan, and you can never know whether he will be the next Daniel Sturridge.
In conclusion, I think the only transfers we really need is the transfer of our own players from the injury list to the fit-squad. Other requirements will be deemed surplus and unnecessary.
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