Sir Alex is right to shut the window on any new signings
Sir Alex Ferguson does things his own way. You can’t fault the man who taps at his wristwatch furiously or chews him gum incessantly, because, at the end of the day (or season), he has a tendency to bring the desired silverware; all thanks largely to his policy of blooding players into future stars. Take the picture above for example; both Chicharito and Bebe had joined the club as relative unknowns, and while the latter has much work to do, Javier Hernandez looks every bit a United player. Chris Smalling was on the map having made a couple of appearances for Fulham last season – yet premier central defender he was not. He may be in a few years to come, however. The point is that Fergie doesn’t want to sign stars, he wants to create them, apparently without the use of the CERN Hadron Collider.
His decision not to spend in January isn’t much of a surprise; he’s not the ‘wheeler dealer’ sort, and he’s more than happy using the resources he already has, developing his players almost to the point that signing anyone would only cause damage to the team chemistry. Wayne Rooney might not agree, but Manchester United are more than capable with what they have, and Sir Alex knows it. He’s done it many times before, and although this side have a long way to go before they’re up there with the European Cup winning sides of 98/99 and 07/08, he’s an expert in building teams and striving to reach those lofty heights again.
Barring a disaster, United can manage. For this season, they are set at the back – the goalkeeper position is no problem because we know Edwin van der Sar will play on until the end of the season. Furthermore, United have plenty of strength in-depth so the once problem position that was defence isn’t so with the numerous options Fergie has. It is debatable whether they’re good enough, because what might concern a few is the tendency to leak a few needless goals. Fingers crossed, injuries and suspension are at a minimum or else the cheque book may have to be considered in those circumstances.
Like Fergie also points, Antonio Valencia is on course for a February return. For the moment, United have cover and should aim to fill the void. Nani is doing that perfectly, with eight assists to his name already. Valencia was excellent last year – he created many goalscoring opportunities and was the main reason behind Rooney’s emergence as a goalscorer. Never fear United fans – Sir Alex knows best.