Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has called for a cautious approach to transfer activity at Old Trafford this summer, warning that only players who can improve the squad should be brought in. Schmeichel’s comments come as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has drawn criticism for his impending “panic buying” spree, and the former goalkeeper wants to see David Moyes resist the urge to spend simply to make a statement.
The Red Devils have been incapable of bringing in any new faces this summer, with two highly publicized approaches failing for Cesc Fabregas and midfielder Thiago Alcantara. New manager David Moyes has admitted that he’d like to bring some new faces in, but Schmeichel insists the club’s business must be balanced and careful.
“I would never bring in a player to make a statement,” Schmeichel stressed to the Metro. “Maybe with a new manager and a new chief executive they feel a need to tell the fans Manchester United still have the power and money and can still sign the players.
“That is important because there are a lot of fans out there who are unsure about how financially strong Manchester United are and how committed the owners are to spend the money that is being created by the club.
“But the players have to be an improvement. If they are not of the right caliber you stay away from it. You don’t sign a player for the sake of it.”
United won their first Premier League match of the season in convincing fashion, beating an impressive Swansea City side 4-1 in Wales. The club’s result was only bested by derby rivals Manchester City on opening weekend as Manuel Pellegrini’s side ran out 4-0 winners over Newcastle United.
With no new faces at the club this summer, United fans have just winger Wilfried Zaha to get accustomed to following the January signing of the former Crystal Palace winger. Zaha completed the season on loan with the Eagles, and is yet to make his Premier League debut with the champions.