Will Sir Alex act in January?
First things first, my apologies for not providing my usual preview of the Premier League fixture against Birmingham. I had expected the game to be called off as the majority of fixtures were over the weekend but all credit to the Blues for getting the game on.
Now onto the more pressing matter. Is Sir Alex right to avoid the transfer market in January?
With the money from Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid seemingly unspent many fans have questioned just why the United boss hasn’t splashed out on a big-name signing in the transfer market. According to Fergie it is because the prices of his targets have become over-inflated.
This is what he has said on the matter: “I don’t have any concerns about the financial situation. There is absolutely no issue at all.
“Concerns of the supporters are down to the fact that I haven’t moved in the transfer market. But that is nothing to do with the Glazers or with David Gill. It is simply because I am not going to pay £50million for a striker who is not worth it.”
In all honesty, I think United do need another option in attack this season and a move for a striker or attacking midfielder would be hugely welcomed. If, for example, Wayne Rooney was to suffer an injury blow United would be left weak in attack and in my opinion he needs a bit more support at times up front. New-boy Mame Biram Diouf got a run out against Birmingham but it is too early to pass real judgment on his abilities.
If, and it is a big ‘if’, the United boss does decide to delve into the transfer market who will be his likely targets?
One name that has cropped up is Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who only joined the Spanish giants during the summer. Benzema has found it hard to break into the Real side due to the presence of Kaka and Ronaldo (pretty sure everyone thought that might happen) and it has been suggested he could be set for a £20million move to Old Trafford. I’m not sure how likely this is to be honest, it could just be a case of lazy journalism as he was linked with a move to United last summer.
I would take Benzema though, at Lyon he had a touch of class and probably made the wrong decision moving to Madrid – indeed at £20million he would be around £10million less than Real paid for him, a bid it was thought Ferguson had matched.
Aside from Benzema there has been little going on in terms of transfer rumours regarding United. Porto striker Hulk has been linked with a move but his current employers say there is no chance of him going anywhere until the end of the season. With reports stating Dimitar Berbatov requires knee surgery Ferguson may be forced to act in January, so the rumour mill may kick in before the month is out but at the moment it seems to be a case of wait and see.
Written by Gareth Freeman, promoting Cheltenham 2010 and horse racing Ireland.