Manchester United Transfer News: David Moyes' Latest Comments Are Worrisome Sign
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has remained upbeat about the club's chances of making a couple of key signings during his first summer with the defending champions. Instead, it's turned into a window of inaction, and now it might stay that way.
Just last week, Moyes told Sky Sports he was "confident" United would bring players in before the transfer period ends. So despite the lack of marquee signings before the new campaign began, there was still hope reinforcements were on the way. Moyes said:
I'm confident we will have players in.
We are involved in several players we are looking at and that will continue. Will we get them before the deadline? I hope so, but we are working very hard to do so.
Since those remarks, United had a joint bid for the Everton duo of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines rejected by Moyes' former club. The Toffees even went as far to call what they apparently believed was an extreme lowball offer "derisory and insulting," according to Phil McNulty of BBC.
The latest setback has Moyes changing his tune about the club's transfer outlook. Richard Jolly of ESPN FC passed along comments from the United boss, who now admits there's a growing possibility nothing happens between now and when the window closes:
There is a need to do it, but there is no pressure to do it. I have an idea of where I'd like to strengthen. If the right players are available, then great—but there is a possibility nothing may happen. If not, the first thing we'll do is encourage our own young players in the squad to do as well as they did last year.
The plan is we bring in one or two if we can. I think there is [value for money available] but we have only targeted certain players and don't have a big, big list. There are only certain quality players we want to bring to the club.
Although the remarks certainly don't rule out a potential deal or two, the fact Moyes is publicly admitting there's a chance nothing gets done is a bad sign.
He's done his best to maintain a high level of optimism throughout the process. Alas, it now seems like he's at least trying to prepare the diehard fanbase just in case his remaining options fall through and no moves are made to bolster the squad.
The silver lining, at least from Moyes' perspective, is the club's strong start. The Red Devils captured the Community Shield to open the new campaign and then easily handled a potentially tricky road match against Swansea to begin league play.
If United can continue their winning ways against Chelsea, it should earn Moyes some extra leeway. A victory would prove the squad as it's currently constructed is good enough to compete for a second straight league title.
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Yet, at any point when the club falters during the campaign, supporters will rightfully look back at the summer window as a missed opportunity. Moyes had a chance to make an instant statement and failed to do so. At least so far.
It's opened the door for fellow top clubs, namely Manchester City and Chelsea, to close the gap. Could United outlast those rivals without any major additions? Sure, but the task is much tougher having not made any big deals.
Of course, Moyes could end up making a few late signings and make the point moot. He has just over a week to make that happen.
United fans should be ready for more inaction, however, after Moyes admitted the deadline could come and go with a whimper.
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