1610 days ago
Should defeat to Swansea see Manchester United spend high in the transfer market?
Manchester United were high on confidence after their preseason having won all the matches in preseason. This was by no means an underachievement considering the teams they beat in the preseason were European giants like Real Madrid,Inter,Roma and also their rivals Liverpool to win the ICC trophy. The team were flying high in the preseason and it couldn’t have been a better start for the new manager Louis Van Gaal. They were also riding on the confidence that new signings are going to come as shown by the 60m pound layoff on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. This was followed by public declaration by Ed Woodward that more signings are going to come.
All this was very good but in the end as they say there is difference between preseason and the real season. Manchester United’s first match in BPL was against Swansea whom they had beat 4-1 last season under the much criticised David Moyes. This was a match supposed to mark the start of a glorious era under the new manager LVG but what happened was not only a stumble but a great fall on the face. Swansea not only scored but came away from Old Trafford with a win. This was another of the dubious records broken as Swansea hadn’t won at Old Trafford since a long time. This not only showed that the team needed reinforcements but also showed the weaknesses in the current squad even while considering the fact that Nine first team players were out injured or not fit for the season.
This was a huge blow for a team flying high on confidence after the excellent preseason. The loss though might be a blessing in disguise as it might finally push Ed Woodward to complete the deals that are needed and not try to save money on the players. This though might be easier said than done. Though United already have the disadvantage of not being in the Champions League now that other clubs know United are desperate for players they can raise the price of the players sky high knowing that United have the capacity to pay for it. This might lead United into spending a much higher fee than a player would normally command. The deal for Marcus Rojo is an evidence to that, a player who would have cost around 10 mn was sold for 16m pound.
Manchester United are in desperate need of players in defence and in midfield due to injuries, lack of quality and senior players leaving at the same time. This might be the season when Manchester United spend the amount of money which was earlier spent by teams like Manchester City and PSG. Manchester United surely can afford to spend that much money owing to the number of sponsors and commercial revenue. The question that arises is will they spend too much over the limit for average players or will they be able to secure actual world class players for the big money like Angel Di Maria and Arturo Vidal. The coming month will surely tell us that and we might witness an unprecedented spending from Manchester United