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United speaks out to defend summer transfers

The club released a letter describing their reasoning for their transfer activity

By | 19th September 2013
marouane fellaini

Manchester United have released a letter that answers the questions and skepticism United fans have had since the close of the summer transfer window regarding the dealings of the club throughout the transfer window. Manchester United made only one major signing this summer, bringing in former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini for a fee of £27.5 million during the last few hours of the transfer window, causing fans to question the abilities of the club.

The letter states the goals United had over the summer in terms of transfers, pointing out that their two highest priorities were accomplished. The club was hopeful of keeping striker Wayne Rooney and determined to bring in another midfielder, both of which they did.

“The club had two main priorities for the transfer window,” the letter said, according to

“The first was to keep Wayne Rooney. He is a world-class player and the manager is very keen to have Wayne as a key part of the club’s drive to retain the Premier League trophy. That aim was fulfilled. The second priority was to add a midfield player, and the capture of Fellaini has met that need.

“Add to that the fact that Wilfried Zaha is a new signing and that the manager has added the highly-rated young player Adnan Janazaj to the squad and the team does in fact have a different feel to it than the one that finished last season. The club has invested over £40 million acquiring new players this summer, as well as re-signing Nani on a long term deal – more than it has traditionally spent on transfers.”

United continued in their letter to discuss the club’s relationship and intentions with new manager David Moyes. The club backed the appointment of Moyes and stated that he wasn’t hired to panic-buy players in the first weeks of his six year contract. The club are looking for Moyes to be the long-term solution to legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and want him to have his first year to take stock of what he currently has at the club.

“The club has always backed the manager in the transfer market, as Sir Alex has said on many occasions and it will continue to do so,” the letter said, according to

“The club has demonstrated its belief in, and commitment to, David Moyes through the award of a six year contract. Allowing him to shape the future Manchester United team is a long term project not an eight-week panic. He must be given time to assess his new squad and come to his own decisions on which players he feels will strengthen it.”

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