When Juan Mata arrived at Carrington last January via helicopter it was relatively unchartered territory for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson was a never a huge fan of the window,Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra being the standout January signings of previous times. Perhaps it was appropriate to the success of the club that Fergie never really splashed the cash at the New Year,United were always at the top or there about so there was no need to pay exaggerated prices for players. However,under David Moyes,United were desperate for a game changer. In an attempt to salvage the season the Club record was smashed to bring the two time Chelsea Player of the Year to Old Trafford.
This time ’round United sit in third place,in line with their target for the season,with players coming back from injury at just the right time. While the Van Gaal may not be as desperate as Moyes was just 12 months ago for a signing,he could certainly do with one or two to bring stability among his defence.
So just who could be arriving or departing Old Trafford in the coming month?
Anders Lindegaard(OUT) : Lindegaard has more chance of becoming the manager than replacing David De Gea at the moment and has been told by the club he is free to leave.
Mats Hummels(IN) : The World Cup winner has been linked with United for quite a while now,he is the ideal commanding centre-half that United need but has had his playing time limited by injuries this season.Dortmund will be reluctant to let their captain go as they are still in the Champions League. Hummels recently branded his side “Pathetic” after they suffered a tenth defeat in the Bundesliga
Ron Vlaar (IN) : The Dutchman had a terrific World Cup and Villa could be looking to cash in as his contract runs out in the summer.Not the ideal acquisition but a decent short-term solution.
Anderson(OUT) : LOL
Tom Cleverley(OUT) : The Mirror reported the Paul Lambert will seal a 7.5m deal for the England international once the window opens.
Kevin Strootman (IN): The Dutch vice-captain seems ever more likely to be joining his compatriot at United.It seems a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ Strootman will arrive. Roma’s exit from the Champions League could see them willing to offload the midfielder for around 30m although United will probably wait until the summer in order to see how Strootman has progressed since his knee injury.
Adnan Januzaj(OUT/LOAN) : The young Belgian has had to endure some frustrating bench time of late. Since his captivating first season Januzaj has failed to impress and rumour has it that David Moyes is keen on taking the starlet to Real Sociedad on loan until the end of the campaign.