Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3
Updated February 4
Manchester United only delved once into the transfer market during the January window, but their sole move was one of the biggest signings of the entire period.
David Moyes broke the club transfer record, per the BBC, in order to bring in Chelsea star Juan Mata and reinforce the Red Devils in the final third of the pitch. However, as Saturday's abject showing against Stoke City showed, United are still far from their formidable best under Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement.
For that reason, the close of the transfer window is unlikely to end the rumour mill surrounding Old Trafford. Speculation over the latest players (and managers?) to be linked to the Premier League giants will continue to fill headlines.
Giggs Backs Mata to Shine
Spain international Juan Mata may be a new face in the Old Trafford dressing room. But there is no doubting his quality. One Manchester United icon has already gone on the record to predict great things from the ex-Chelsea man.
Asked by MUTV (via Sky Sports) if Mata had what it takes to be a great, Ryan Giggs answered "I think he could be."
"He's obviously got the talent. I don't want to put too much pressure on him but I don't see why not," the left-wing legend, who is still playing for the Red Devils after an incredible 959 appearances and 13 years in the first-team, opined of his new colleague.
Inter to Move for Vidic
Even though the transfer window closed at the end of January, rumours are still flying about. Now one of Manchester United's most experienced players has been linked with an exit at the end of the season.
According to Tuttosport (via Sports Direct), 32-year-old centre-back Nemanja Vidic is coveted by Inter. The Italians have had a similarly disappointing campaign so far, and would need to rebuild in the summer if they wish to once more become competitive in Serie A.
The Italian website suggests that Vidic, who has not shown his best form in 2013/14, has already become the subject of club talks.
Arsenal Fans Say No to RVP
With Manchester United straddling midtable and Arsenal flying at the top of the Premier League, the Gunners are enjoying a superiority over their rivals not seen for a number of years.
That new confidence could even spill over into transfer policies.
A recent report by Ben Burrows of Mirror Football linked Robin van Persie with a sensational move back to the Emirates Stadium, citing difficulties in the Dutchman's relationship with David Moyes.
The article left open the possibility that the Netherlands international could be on his way as soon as this summer.
According to Liam Prenderville of the same outlet, however, such a transfer would not necessarily be welcomed with open arms. A poll revealed that 63 percent of Arsenal fans do not believe RVP's return would be a wise move.
Anderson Hints at Exodus
As if things were not bad enough for United at the weekend, new revelations from former midfielder Anderson only aggravated the issues at Old Trafford.
The Brazilian moved in the transfer window to Fiorentina, and evidently, he was not pleased by the management of David Moyes. He told Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News that more players were ready to follow him:
I'm sure that lots of players want out, especially players like myself and Nani who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years.
Manchester United is a huge club, a club that does everything for its players but sometimes a footballer wants to leave just to experience a different way to play football, to learn something as well.