Manchester United: Lack of Deadline Day Action Is a Brilliant Sign for United

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Manchester United: Lack of Deadline Day Action Is a Brilliant Sign for United
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Yesterday saw one of the most nail-biting and exhilarating days of the football calendar, Transfer Deadline Day.

It's almost become somewhat of a "national holiday" for all fans of the beautiful game, with some even likening it to the "Christmas of football."

There is some validity to these comparisons, with players that most clubs could only ever have wished to have in their sides miraculously joining them.

Yesterday Tottenham Hotspur had a day that could completely turn their season around. The magic of the deadline day saw French Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Fulham central midfielder Moussa Dembele and his former (and I suppose now once again current) teammate Clint Dempsey move to White Harte Lane.

Having lost both manager Harry Redknapp and star player Luka Modric, it seemed as though all hopes of Champions League football was gone for Spurs.

But thanks to deadline day that dream is now once more very much a reality.

However, in all the excitement of players moving from club to club, there were a few sides who seemed to almost completely forget what day this was.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United stayed relatively quiet on the last day of the summer, only sending a string of players out either on loan or permanent deals to other sides.

And yet, despite this almost identical action on the part of both of these English giants, their "success rate" in this years window's closure could not have been more contrasting.

Manchester United are a side who right now don't realistically need to bring anyone else into the club for the coming season.

With the critical additions of Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie, the Red Devils got their foot in the door very early on in the window, ensuring that on the final day of the season their was no mad scramble for players.

All fans who worry that perhaps one more central (more defensive minded) midfielder should have been brought to the club may want to perhaps consider the imminent return of the centre-backs that are keeping Michael Carrick shackled to the United defence.

With the return of just one of these regular fullbacks, Carrick will be able to slot back into the United midfield alongside the very impressive partnership of Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverly (the latter of whom also fills a void that his injury from early on in last season falsely convinced United fans needed filling).

Even the left-back slot, which many followers of the club believe can no longer be carried out to the necessary standard by loyal Frenchman Patrice Evra, has been taken into account, with Fergie signing up Dutch wonder-kid Alexander Buttner.

Whereas Arsenal—having lost a crucial part of their framework in the shape of both Alex Song and RVP—desperately needed a true centre forward and a defensive minded central midfielder this window.

Bafflingly Arsene Wenger opted against even attempting to bid on either of these types of players.

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Going forward this should not cause too much alarm for the Gunners, with the likes of Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla now in their ranks. But the lack of defensive midfield talent will, I'm sure, prove to be Arsenal's short-coming this year.

It's amazing how this sacred of football days can really affect the rest of your season, whether that is for good or bad.

For Manchester United though, the wise decision from Sir Alex to get his transfers in as early as possible should come as a very reassuring action for United supporters.

The players will have had more time to gel with the side and the playing style required of them, and as such can have (and already have had) more of an immediate effect on United's league campaign than players brought in on the final day.

If it's not broke, don't fix it. And right now, as yesterday demonstrated, Manchester United certainly do not need fixing. 

Follow me on Twitter: @Eddie_Edmonds

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