Date:Thursday February 1 2007
January ended as it had started: United's only signing is Henrik Larsson. Despite names circling in the press, the Reds signed noone to aid their title bid.
I had indicated I would not be disappointed if we had not signed anyone. We have a good squad, certainly capable of doing good things, full of quality players.
However, I feel we should have signed a midfielder. O'Shea is not a midfielder, Fletcher fell out of favour this season, despite producing the best performances since joining the club. That leaves us with Carrick and Scholes as genuinte central midfielders.
Of course, signing Owen Hargreaves was made impossible by Bayern and Fergie is clearly looking for a British player to bolster this area of the squad as he failed so often and so miserably with foreigner in this position - you may remember Verón, the Djemba twins or Kléberson. That leaves us with the England pool to look at.
There was speculation about Joey Barton and Reo-Coker but the former is not good enough (I believe) and the latter would never be released by West Ham who happen to be quite rich since the takeover of Magnusson. Kevin Nolan has not emerged as a target since last spring and Scott Parker would not be sold by Newcastle. That's all.
Of course, my theory about a preferance for British blood is undermined by the appearance of Rio Mavuba's name in the rumours. But no United representative ever confirmed we would like to sign him. It was the player who offered himself frequently.
The Gareth Bale-saga is well documented and we have enough left-backs so that's a minor setback. Signing a striker was not on the agenda with the loan move of Henrik Larsson and United built an army of goalkeepers in recent years - so that's it.
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Date:Thursday February 1 2007
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