Manchester United’s Transfer Window Review

The 2015 January transfer window has finally come to a close. In comparison to some of the previous transfer windows, this is a particularly quiet one, with only two “big” deals in the windo, namely Wilfried Bony and Juan Cuadrado moving to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. However, United did make some very interesting transfer dealings in the past month.

United sent a number of younger players out on loan down the divisions last month. Midfielder Ben Pearson was sent out on loan to Barnsley, and has started his spell in blistering form. He managed to win Man of the Match on his debut, and has already scored his first goal for the club, scoring after a 70 yard solo run. On deadline day more players left the club on loan. Jesse Lingard swapped Old Trafford for Pride Park, as he joins Derby County to aid their push for promotion, and Saidy Janko left the club for Bolton. But more on that particular deal later.

As was the case in the summer, United let a number of players leave on a permanent basis in January. Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing for United, Wilfried Zaha has made his temporary move to Crystal Palace permanent. Zaha has played just two league games for United in his first season at the club, and was shipped out to Cardiff City on loan the previous January.

Long time club servant and former United vice-captain Darren Fletcher the club the club for West Brom. The Scotsman worked his way up from the club’s youth system to eventually break into the first team. He has helped the club to win a vast array of trophies, including the Champions League in 2008. He was a constant in the squad, until his bout with a bowel ulcer left him out of the team for months. After he returned, he was never the same player.
United also let Anderson leave the club for Brazilian side Internacional. His move was rather unconventionally confirmed by United’s own Juan Mata in his blog, writing “I want to wish good luck to my friend Anderson, who is back to football in his native Brazil. All the best, my friend!” The club has yet to make an official announcement, but the fact that the club promoted this particular post without requesting it edited pretty much confirms it.
United only made two signings in the window. The first one was the signing of legendary Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes as backup goalkeeper to David De Gea. Valdes had previously trained with the club as a means to recover from a knee ligament injury, as a favour from manager Louis van Gaal, who gave him his debut at Barcelona.

United’s other signing is a rather unusual one. The club isn’t a stranger to January loans, having brought in Henrik Larsson on loan back in January. However, what United is a stranger to is loaning in 21 year old left backs from a Championship club set to go on loan to League One. But that’s exactly what the club did with the signing of Andy Kellett from Bolton. Kellett had spent some time on loan at Plymouth, and had been expecting to rejoin them before United stepped in. Apparently, U21 manager Warren Joyce asked the club to loan in a left-back foe the reserve side, as the team is currently low, having sold Vermijl. Janko was loaned out the other way.

Throughout the window, United was linked with big names across Europe, such as Mats Hummels, Raphael Varane and Nicolas Otamendi, and even Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba on record fees. The lack of actual transfers may be a bit of a worry, but United recently briefed the media that the club would be “centre stage” in the summer window, meaning moves for those players, and other, should not be ruled out. In the mean time, United sit third in the Leagua, with one eye on the FA Cup, and manager Louis van Gaal clearly sees the squad to be good enough to achieve his targets for the season.