Manchester United, world renowned, one of the richest clubs in the world, so therefore why are the current champions sat in seventh position in the Premier League?
Since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, fellow Scot David Moyes hasn’t had an easy ride at Old Trafford.
Winning half of their current games played (11/22) the Red Devils have 37 points, five behind Moyes’ former club Everton.
With a barren summer in terms of transfers, United’s only major capture came on deadline day following Marouane Fellaini’s move from Everton for £27.5 million.
Since his switch, the Belgian has only made eight appearances for the Red Devils, leaving one question in mind; was this a costly mistake by Moyes?
Another United target, Leighton Baines, has signed a new long term contract at Everton, ending speculation of any possible move to Old Trafford. This leaves Moyes reportedly set to turn his attention to Southampton’s left-back, Luke Shaw.
Signing Juan Mata for an estimated £37.1 million, is a welcome boost to a side who are lacking quality. With questions being asked over where he will play once Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are both fit, the Spaniard will undoubtedly take precedent in that starting XI.
Following reports suggesting United are set to make moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos, Moyes is alleged to have vowed that more quality will be brought in to match that of Mata.
Is this all a case of too little too late?
United weren’t at their best last season but managed to claim the Premier League title with a mediocre squad. A second attempt by Ferguson to bring through young fledglings such as Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, and the Brazilian twin brothers Rafeal and Fabio da Silva, hasn’t worked quite the same as the class of 92.
Players such as Anderson, Nani, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young and Buttner, have all had their ups and downs at the club, proving the fact that United need star quality names amongst their ranks to keep that certain level of consistency.
One player who does look promising however is Adnan Januzaj. Since his revelation at the club, the young talent has managed to root a place in the first team, and has been dubbed by many as a ‘young Ronaldo’.
With the youth and quality of Januzaj and Mata, could this be a turning point in United’s season?