Manchester United manager David Moyes has downplayed the January transfer window in recent weeks, suggesting that any major signings are unlikely to be made until the summer. Moyes is justified in asserting that there is often more talent available in the August window, although the fact that United sits in seventh place and has the worst home record within the top half of the Premier League makes the need for new players a little more urgent.
In recent years, players like Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Luis Suarez were all signed as winter recruits. These players made immediate impacts with their new clubs, and although there may be less talent available, January is a time when major clubs can conceivably avoid an inflated transfer price on players who are looking to play on the biggest stage.
United chief executive Ed Woodward has proclaimed there are significant funds available to strengthen the squad, and this club certainly could use upgrades at several key positions. Among its most pressing needs, Manchester United could use a young left back with promise, a central defender with experience and a dynamic attacking midfielder who can serve the needs of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Moyes is fully aware that he will need to make adjustments...