Manchester United Transfers: Why Sir Alex Does Not Have to Buy Anyone in January
Recently I came across an article already speculating on Manchester United transfer rumors. The article had somewhere in the region of 3,000 hits. While rumors and "According to one source" seem to generate quick and easy reads, some articles fall by the wayside. Such as this great piece of work.
Constantly rumors circulate linking the "Next Messi" with Manchester United or the "Next Ronaldo" with Chelsea. All in all, the "Next Messi" will not be arriving at Old Trafford, and the "Next Ronaldo" will most likely not be a Blue next season.
Rather than rehash some recycled garbage by Google searching "Manchester United transfers," I will present why United, in fact, do not need to makes any moves in the January transfer window.
Average Age of Squad
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United have been fielding a squad in which the average age is 23. When United took on Arsenal, the average age of the United squad was almost a year younger than Arsene Wenger's failed youth project.
Sure, some young players have been gaining some recognition, but is Mario Gotze any more talented than United's own Tom Cleverly? Would Eden Hazard add more than Nani? United could spend millions on youth, but in reality all they would be doing would be delaying the progress of some of football's brightest talents.
Any transfer rumors involving any young players and United should immediately be ignored.
Depth Appears to Be No Issue
Ian Walton/Getty Images
Earlier this season United were dealt a blow that many pundits said would seriously ruin their stride. The loss of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were assumed to be to difficult for United to replace.
Well, surely now those pundits should be eating their words.
Chris Smalling has stepped up immensely and has held down the right back and center defense positions. Phil Jones has been almost a libero-type player for United, surging forward on the attack and adding composure in the back. Jonny Evans has come into his own as well, and has made fans almost forget about the rocky, unstable Evans from last year.
If anything, United have too much quality in their ranks, and Sir Alex must be struggling to find out how to fit in all of these players. Rooney is on fire, Welbeck has been a revelation and Hernandez has continued his form from last year. Oh, and Berbatov and Owen aren't all that bad either.
Do United really need Edison Cavani? Ricky Van Wolfswinkel may have scored four goals in his last six games for Sporting, but what does he offer that Macheda, Welbeck and Chicharito don't already offer?
Grow, Don't Buy
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
It was not that long ago when Nani was frustrating fans with his useless feints, selfish shots and unintelligent passing. Kind of how many fans felt for the first few years of Cristiano Ronaldo's development at Old Trafford.
United have always looked to balance youth with experience. Whether that experience comes from signings is one thing, but United have always looked to acquire young talent and groom them into world beaters.
Shilling out £35 million for one player does not fit United's style anymore; they instead have shown a trend for developing their own youth, as opposed to buying developed talent like their neighbors.
If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Many said that by United failing to sign Luka Modric, Wesley Sneijder, Marek Hamsik, Yoann Gourcuff or any other name linked to United to replace Paul Scholes would cause the club to struggle.
With Anderson coming of age and proving to be a true box-to-box midfielder, he has established himself as one of the players of the season so far.
Paired with Tom Cleverly, the duo has a balance of creativity, composure and tenacity. With an average age of 22, these two are on par with any great midfield duo in the game, and have the potential to be even better than Xavi and Iniesta, who have an average age of 29.
Chemistry Within Core Players Will Win United the Premier League
Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
It is highly unlikely that United will add a player in January who will come in and contribute right away. Unfortunately not every player is a Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez.
It takes time for a player to settle, and there is no guarantee which player they will settle on.
January is the month where seasons begin to end, as well as top contenders begin to seriously materialize.
Assuming that a season-ending injury doesn't plague Wayne Rooney, United will continue their form through January. The team appears to be clicking in ways that are superior to seasons' past, and the players are genuinely enjoying their football and each other.
Continuing on with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" thinking, Manchester United have a special type of chemistry currently growing in their camp. It is visible in how they conduct themselves to the media, as well as on the pitch. The core must be kept together and allowed to reach its full potential.