Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity in the summer is the reason for the poor start the season. The 56-year-old former Reds defender suggests the lack of competition in the Red Devils’ squad has seen the current crop of players “cruising.”
United put in multiple bids for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas while making approaches for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, Atheltic Bilbao star Ander Herrera and Garteh Bale. The latter completed the world record move to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Santiago Bernabeu while the earlier trio continued with the current employers.
David Moyes replaced United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the great elder of Old Trafford stepped down from his post at the end of the last season. The Scot managed to land Marouane Fellaini on the deadline day, with the Belgium international being the only big signing of the summer.
“United’s biggest problem is that they are cruising. They have failed to buy from a position of strength in the summer and as a result there is no pressure on the players. Wayne Rooney apart – he is playing with a point to prove – there is no-one in the team who is at it right now,” Lawrenson wrote in the Mirror.
“Even if Moyes steams into them, they will simply look around the dressing room and say, ‘Who is going to take my place?’ Who does Marouane Fellaini threaten? Tom Cleverley. That says it all. United missed a trick in not bringing in three quality players as a priority in the summer.”
“Look at City and the players they signed after winning the title 17 months ago: Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, Richard Wright, Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic,” Liverpool legend stressed.
“None of that lot left the side that had lifted a first-ever Premier League trophy fearing for their places and we all know what ended up happening to City’s title defence. You have simply got to buy from a position of strength.”
Moyes has endured a poor start to the season in his debut season for the English champions as they sit 12th in the league table with two wins from six games. United travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk for the midweek Champions League fixture.
In other news, Sky sports, reports that Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger has been quoted in Austria as claiming that Manchester United have shown an interest.
Martin Hinteregger also a target of Arsenal and Liverpool has been sensational over the past year in the Austrian Bundesliga. The player quoted by TuttoJuve.com as saying:
“I confirm, there is interest in me from Manchester United and a top Italian club. I am honoured, I honestly did not expect that. Actually my goal is to stay here, but in any case I will talk to my agent and consider whether a transfer might be beneficial.”, concluded the defender.