Shinji Kagawa has expressed his frustration at the lack of playing time he has had to endure in the first month of the season as the Japanese playmaker has played only seven minutes of David Moyes’ first four official games in charge of Manchester United.
Having come off the bench in the closing stages of United’s Community Shield game against Wigan, the former Dortmund is still to make his league debut this season and was left out of the squad that traveled to Anfield 10 days ago, as United stumbled to a 1-0 defeat after a rather unimpressive and insipid performance.
The transfer window might have shut over a week ago in rather farcical fashion as far as those of a red allegiance are concerned and the international break has managed to bore the majority of us out of our minds, but United seem to be rather active beyond the scenes as David Moyes has begun the process of identifying some of his targets for the January transfer window.
Having managed to secure only Marouane Fellaini during his first summer in charge, Moyes is fully aware of the importance of avoiding another failure this winter and has moved quickly so far, to earmark a couple of players he believes could improve the squad.
Now ‘silly season’ is over I agree with many that the time is right to stop griping about the horror show transfer window and focus on how David Moyes can maximize results with the squad we have.
These are my own theories as to what I hope David Moyes does with the team by breaking down the positions, players and formations.
Let me start with a quick analysis of the players we have and what I believe is our best eleven.
Day after day,
Alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he’s just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning ’round.
The morning after the night before felt discouraging and underwhelming, the disappointment amplified by a summer of empty promises.
United fans went to bed dreaming of Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira and woke up to the news that Marouane Fellaini had become a Manchester United player overnight.
The Belgian could well prove an astute signing but the harsh truth is that United forked out £27m when, less than a month ago, they could had signed the same player for £23.5m.
Manchester United did in fact sign Mrouanne Fellaini for £27.5m making him the only Signing of the clubs farcical summer.
The fee is an embarrassing £4.5m more than the buy-out clause which expired at the end of July.
Reports are also confirming the club tied up the season-long loan deal of Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao. HOWEVER, just to add to the embarrassment, rumours are circulating that the ‘Fax’ didn’t make it in time therefore the deal has not gone through.
Surely that’s a hoax, please tell me we’re not relying on faxes in 2013!?
Well done United….Great job.
First there was “The Poseidon Adventure” then “The Towering Inferno” followed by other noteworthy disasters like “Earthquake, “The Day After Tomorrow”, “2012” and of course everyone’s favourite, “Titanic”. Now it seems the right time to add another to the list. The long anticipated but highly dreaded “Manchester United – 2013 The Summer That Never Was”.
What can I say folks. I have gone on and on for weeks with my doom and gloom predictions and glass half empty outlook only to be proven correct at the end of “Zero Day”.
Fucking shambles, nothing more nothing less. As of 11pm: Fellaini unconfirmed, Herrera fell through, Mata to PSG therefore possibly not a single player brought in.
I’ve tried to back the club all summer while others suggest there’s no money and no intention to buy anyone. Even as the incompetent clowns behind the scenes find original ways to make a mess of every single thing they do (bar finding new sponsors) I’ve been confident they would get it right eventually.
“Be patient” I said, “we will sign quality players” I said. None of that has happened and we’re now at the farcical end of a farcical summer.