Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has insisted rumours from inside Old Trafford suggest that United will sign a player or two during January, but has warned that David Moyes might have to be prepared to pay a premium for his targets, while clubs will be reluctant to part way with their players.
The January transfer window has been open for a couple of days and while United have been linked to a host of players, there are still doubts over whether David Moyes will welcome some new faces at Old Trafford this month.
David Moyes and Manchester United got the 2014 off to the worst possible starts, slumping to yet another home defeat as Spurs won at Old Trafford for the second consecutive year, leaving them 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Despite a poor first half performance, United rallied when they found themselves 2-0 down but could not complete another comeback thanks, according to Moyes, to Howard Webb’s “scandalous decision” not to award a penalty when Ashley Young was clattered by Hugo Lloris with three minutes remaining.
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United could be the dark horse in the race to the Premier League title this season and the United striker insisted that yesterday’s 3-2 comeback win at Hull has put United well and truly in the mix for the title, even though they’re still eight points adrift of Arsenal.
With the Reds two goals down within the opening 12 minutes, Rooney provided the assist for Chris Smalling as the United defender headed home his team’s first, before going on to equalise with a wonderful strike that brought his tally of Premier League goals for the club to 150.
The number seven shirt has an extremely unique aura at Old Trafford, considering the number of United greats of yesteryear who donned it over the last half a century – a list in which, by the way, Michael Owen does not feature – but Antonio Valencia admitted he’s relieved to have abandoned the iconic shirt after just 12 months.
The Ecuadorian wore the number seven last season and while United lifted the Premier League title, the Ecuadorian was a shadow of the player he was in the 2011-12 season when, wearing the shirt number 25, he terrorised defences up and down the country and secured the club’s Player of the Year award.
Not that anybody will feel his absence too much, but Marouane Fellaini is set to spend the next two months on the sidelines after United have announced that the Belgian midfielder underwent surgery on the wrist that has troubled him for weeks.
United’s deadline day signing has so far failed to impress in his first season at Old Trafford, playing in only eight Premier League games for United, only four of which were starts.
David Moyes has praised Wayne Rooney’s influence on his team this season, describing the United striker as a newfound leader, who’s now one of the leading voices in United’s dressing room.
Rooney’s form has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in form since last summer, when the 28-year-old was on the verge of leaving the club, but Moyes’ decision to keep the former Everton striker even at a time when many fans would have been happy to see the back of him has been vindicated with Rooney displaying the sort of performances that he was used to deliver until 18 months ago.
In news that will surprise exactly nobody, Alexander Buttner is edging closer to leaving Manchester United, perhaps even in the January transfer window, if reports are to be believed.
Buttner, whose tattoos are inversely proportional to his ability to defend and sense of positioning, has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer of 2012 and immediately entering the top five of Fergie’s most surprising signings.
Patrice Evra has said United must overcome the fear factor that they’ve developed when playing on their own turf this season, which has been seized upon by other clubs with United having already lost three games at home in the first four months of the season.
The Reds welcome West Ham United tomorrow, having lost consecutive home games in the league against Everton and Newcastle, failing to score in both games.