Transfer Window: Manchester United Boss David Moyes Is Running out of Time

Christopher Heathman@@CHeathmanCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19:  Manchester United manager David Moyes speaks to the media during a Manchester United press conference at Museum of Contemporary Art on July 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have still not signed anyone they need. They have welcomed two 20-year-olds in Wilfried Zaha and Guillermo Varela, but no one they actually need.

There is not long left before the start of the season, either. Just two weeks remain before David Moyes' Man Utd take on Swansea to kick off their title defence, but we still do not know what Moyes' Man Utd will look like.

Will Wayne Rooney still be No. 10? Will there be any new faces in midfield? No one knows for sure, which is exactly the problem.

When Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson, there was already enough uncertainty to worry any Man Utd fan. What the former Everton manager did not need is to experience "squeaky bum time" before a ball has even been kicked.

To make matters worse for the champions, their biggest rivals to the title, Manchester City and Chelsea, have made plenty of acquisitions of their own, and I am not just talking about multi-million pound players.

"The Special One" Jose Mourinho made his not-so-quiet return to Chelsea after a difficult end to his Real Madrid career, and Man City brought in Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini has quietly gone about his business, spending close to £90 million on players such as Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic to improve an already excellent squad. 

Chelsea have not only brought in players like Andre Schurrle, but they have also embarked on a pursuit for one of Moyes' better assets in Rooney. As if the new manager's job was not hard enough.

Moyes has not dealt with the Rooney situation well and shot himself in the foot when he claimed the striker was back-up for Robin van Persie. I am not sure what made him think the best way to make an already sulking forward happy was to refer to him as "back-up," but let's just call it a momentary lapse in judgement. 

Then there is Man Utd's public quest for two Barcelona midfielders who they have failed to sign. Thiago Alcantara decided to reunite with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola at European champions Bayern Munich, even though at one point or another it looked the Spanish youngster would be arriving at Old Trafford.

Cesc Fabregas, on the other hand, is very happy to stay at the Nou Camp, and Barcelona are very happy to keep him. The Catalonian side have rejected Man Utd's advances not once but twice, and only now it seems the message is getting through. No means no, Moyes.

The only positive to take from this otherwise farce of a transfer window so far is the interest in midfielders. Owen Hargreaves was the last midfielder to arrive at Old Trafford in 2007, and seeing as he is no longer playing, it is about time another one was signed.

It will not be Alcantara or Fabregas. It will not be Bastian Schweinsteiger, either, no matter how much you would like it to be. Leon Osman is the latest name to crop up, but I will not waste any more time or words on such a silly idea.

The question is, "who will it be?" At this stage a move for Marouane Fellaini is the only thing in this crazy world of transfers that makes sense. Whether it is a good move depends on the price. However, his name does not seem to be cropping up in any serious transfer news.

The thing about midfielders is that they often need time to blend in, so by the time the season comes about they can work with those around them seamlessly. That will be difficult with only two weeks left and no clear option in sight.

This article ends as uncertain as it begun. The transfer clock is ticking down, and with every second, minute, hour, day and week that passes, Moyes' Man Utd looks an awful lot like Ferguson's final team. Yes, they won the league, but that was three months ago. Too much has changed elsewhere since then.