Sir Alex is right to shut the window on any new signings

Alex Ferguson, Javier Hernandez

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.


4 responses to “Sir Alex is right to shut the window on any new signings”

  1. Bhargav says :

    Boss was spot according to me , IF AND ONLY IF Wazza was to leave in jan we kinda needed to buy someone like him , but now we are more than happy with the squad. I still think we need to have one MID like a CM who can act like a anchor and feed the striker along with chip few goals in frm time to time ! But he knows best , if things are to be believed likes of Gibson Carrick or Park well maybe on their way out so that would mean SAF will bring some quality player not nece “BIG SIGNING”. But he is spot on when he says there wont be any signings in Jan as we are not in a HURRY ! Glory ManUTD !

  2. koketso says :

    gaffer, i completely disagree, i believe we lack in the middle of the park, no attack, no creativity without scholes.if he dusn buy in jan n he wants to develop then why did he send cleverly on loan? Bebe was in the portugese 3rd division not too long ago and now he’s managing to get chances ahead of cleverly? Is this even justified? His final ball is horrific. Im sorry to say some of what fergies doing dusn make sense

    • The Gaffer says :

      People would tend to disagree and I don’t blame them – but the article does say that we don’t require any new players in January; I wouldn’t be too fussed if something happened in the summer.

      But look your opinion is valid – and the Cleverley issue is one which confuses many fans, including me. I think United offloaded him on loan for the purposes of long-term rather than short-term.

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