The January transfer window is always good for rumors, with a select few actually coming to fruition and changing the soccer landscape in one fell swoop.
"I will not be bringing anybody in, in January, definitely not," [said Ferguson]
Man Utd’s manager could have just wanted to keep things quiet around Old Trafford. He has reason, though, to want to stand pat in January.
The return of defender Nemanja Vidic seemed to have solved the back-line conundrum following a strong return on Saturday against Sunderland.
The captain looked in full form as a second-half substitute, giving his manager and fellow teammates a sigh of relief for the team’s campaign during the winter months.
Even Phil Jones, who points to Vidic’s return as a possible demotion for himself, said that the squad is at a higher level with Vidic in the rotation (via ESPN FC):
"It keeps people on their toes and keeps us fighting for the shirt. We see it in training. The sessions are intense, and there's a good atmosphere."
It seems that the midfield has been patched up with Vidic back in the fold. United seems to be in best position to build with this foundation, rather than splurge to bring in new blood.
There’s proof in the tables, where it’s so far so good in the Premier League. They sit at the top with a sizable six point advantage, one of the bigger January leads in recent memory.
Besides a mere blip against Norwich City in November, Fergie’s squad has played up to expectations.
No need to fork over tens of millions for Robert Lewandowski or Theo Walcott just to sit the pine. Ditto for a goaltender option with David Da Gea playing up to snuff.
There’s a reason why “patience is a virtue” is a world-renown phrase. Fergie seems to have harnessed the message.
With some mental toughness, he’ll keep his word and keep this current group together.