The January transfer window has come and gone, and surprisingly, after last year’s gluttony, the big clubs across Europe, and especially the Premier League, have kept their purse strings closed and barely spent on bringing in players. How it affects each of them will only be known come season end, but there’s no wrong in us fans dreaming and predicting. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what each of the English top-flight’s big six sides were upto in January, and what to expect…
#6 Manchester United
Beginning clear out, extending important contracts
What Manchester United have done over this window is to finally begin the process to get rid of the ones who are not fit for purpose, and keep a hold of those who could play a key role in returning them to the glory years. Let us be honest, Marouane Fellaini was never good enough for a team chasing glory on multiple fronts, and he has duly been moved on.
But we must remember not to word this a a slight on the player, for he often chipped in with crucial goals/assists and always put in a shift, whichever manager it was. That cannot be said of many of the more accomplished, star names in the squad, so good on him, and best of luck to him in the future.
Next is that the club has begun the process of tying down key players to long-term deals., beginning with fan favourite Anthony Martial. A player who looked certain to leave under the previous manager has committed to the club for the next five years thanks also to the management of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, and the likes of David de Gea, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are also in the process of negotiating new deals. Ed Woodward has done many wrongs, but if he manages to retain some of these players, he will have brokered some goodwill for himself.