The Times has boldly claimed that Juan Mata is the tip of the iceberg in terms of Manchester United buying players and that David Moyes intends to make five more signings of the same calibre in order to create his own United side.
James Northcroft and Duncan Castles have written that the Glazers have realised United are at the ‘bottom of the mountain’ in terms of squad strength and have now approved a buying strategy which will see heavy investment in the squad over the next few transfer windows, starting with the summer:
“The capture of Mata for £37 million from Chelsea is regarded by Moyes and the hierarchy at his club as being just the start of a recruitment drive in which United hope to close the gap on Chelsea, Manchester City and their biggest continental rivals by boosting investment in the squad.”
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United’s squad managed to play above themselves but this year, through a lack of investment in the summer and the departure of Ferguson, our squad has been made to look wafer thin in comparison to others.
It is something that has forced a reaction with the purchase of Mata and it will be music to fans ears to know it is only the start of something bigger.
Last year, the purchase of Robin van Persie was the catalyst behind our Premier League title winning campaign and in the modern game of moneyball, any realistic title contender can not afford to under-invest if they want to challenge for the title. It’s the way football goes nowadays.
United have always had the money behind them due to the financial muscle that the club has globally and it sounds like we are now going to really start flexing in order to bring us back to where we belong – at the top of the food chain.