Sunday was a tough day for Manchester United. First, the team lost to Liverpool, 1-0. Surely, there's no shame in dropping points at Anfield, but add that to a draw against Chelsea and a quiet summer, and you wouldn't blame some United fans if they were a bit, well, anxious.
And then, as if he almost desired to troll the supporters a bit, manager David Moyes basically came out and said, "Eh, we'll see what happens" when asked about the club's plans on the transfer market as the deadline was just a day away.
His post-match comments, according to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian:
We will continue working for what's left of [the window] to try and get what we can in. I've got to say I was really impressed with how the players played today. I tell you what I, can see why they're champions. So as far as transfers go we've only got I don't know how many hours left, but not too long to wait.
Okay, fair enough. Nothing to see here, folks.
Oh wait, there's more.
He then basically said he wouldn't be concerned if the club didn't add any players before the window closed, noting: "Well, not [based on] today. I thought they played really well. They dominated [the] game for long periods without us maybe having the final bit, the final pass, cross at different times."
And then, when asked how confident he was of strengthening the club before the deadline, he simply said: "I couldn't give you a heads-up one way of the other at the moment."
It's hard to believe United won't make some sort of splash on deadline day, and obviously, even if Moyes has big plans, he's not going to tip his hand in that regard. So this could simply be a bit of gamesmanship on his part.
But goodness, can you imagine if he doesn't make a major move? Can you imagine the ire he'll receive from the supporters if he remains stagnant when so many other teams have either already improved, or surely will do some business on Monday?
Let's just say Moyes may learn a bit about the the devil in "Red Devils."
Obviously, all of the links connecting Moyes to his old players Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines—or the more recent interest in Ander Herrera and Daniele De Rossi, as reported by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph—would represent the sort of business sure to keep the supporters pacified and the squad quite strong.
If Moyes pulls off a bit of savvy deadline-day business, the already intense pressure on his shoulders—as he deals with the unenviable task of following Sir Alex Ferguson at the club—will lift some. For that reason alone, expect a splash.
Because if there isn't one, well, Moyes, Manchester United and their supporters may be left with a sinking feeling instead.
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