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Jamie Redknapp: Manchester United paying for 'amateurish' summer transfer business
A lack of top class summer signings has made David Moyes job harder at Man Utd, says Jamie Redknapp.
Last Updated: 04/10/13 5:35pm
Taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful British manager in history, meant a few bad results would lead to some people raising questions about Moyes' ability to manage a club like United. People just aren't used to seeing United 12th in the Premier League.
Plus, while everyone knows about the amount of time Ferguson was given at the start of his Old Trafford tenure, the landscape has changed since then, with the likes of social media and player power ramping up the pressure on managers to get immediate results.
However, as Moyes has pointed out, United are short of players at the moment. He wasn't making excuses last week when he said they needed a few more world class players in the ranks. That's how it is.
Ferguson managed to extract every bit of talent out of that team, every bit of sweat and effort. It wasn't his best team but they won the title last year. Now David Moyes needs to do the same.
Smarter work in the summer transfer window, though, would have made his job easier.
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United were crying out for a creative midfielder but missed out on Thiago and Cesc Fabregas. They needed to sign a game changer. They signed Robin van Persie the summer before and he made the difference, while this year they signed Marouane Fellaini. He's a decent player but he doesn't scare you like Van Persie did. That's where they missed a trick.
United hesitated in the market this summer and you can't afford to do that. In the end it got a bit amateurish.
When Manchester United come in and try to sign you, players should be honoured and think 'I want to go and sign for them'. But they waited too long to move for some players and made half-hearted bids for others.
Moyes did brilliant work on a limited budget at Everton but he's shopping at Harrods now, he doesn't have to worry about the price. If it's the right player for him he needs to go and get them. Look at what Arsene Wenger did with Mesut Ozil and the impact his arrival has had at Arsenal.
There's nothing Moyes can do about his squad now until January, though, so, in the meantime it's important this group of players stick together.
Sometimes in these situations, when you have a couple of bad results and some people are asking questions about the manager, players not in the first team can get unhappy and cause a few problems in the dressing room. That never happened under Ferguson and Moyes needs to make sure it doesn't happen now.
I also think he needs to pick a settled team and go with that XI for a few games.
The best way to relieve the pressure is by getting some results and I thought their draw against Shakhtar was a good point. The Donbass Arena has been a graveyard for so many English clubs so to go there and get a draw will delight David Moyes.
But now it's important they go again.
Sunderland won't be easy - not least because of the travelling back from Ukraine and the fact the game is on Saturday rather than Sunday.
But Sunderland also showed against Liverpool, in their first league game under caretaker Kevin Ball, that they are playing for each other and are prepared to give it a go.
I played against Kevin Ball and he was a tough guy, hard as they come. And that's what his team will be like.
Sunderland are probably right to bide their time a little before appointing Paolo Di Canio's successor and the upcoming international break will give them some more time to decide on their target and get him in.
It's not like they're cut adrift - just two wins will take them out of the bottom three - and Ball seems to have calmed things down there which is important.
However, I reckon United will come out on top from this one 2-1.
Wayne Rooney should return alongside Robin van Persie and if they can combine like we know they can then they'll cause Sunderland problems.
At this stage last season they'd scored 14 goals between them but this year they've only got eight. Van Persie has only scored three in the league so far, so if he can start to fire then that, too, will make a big difference to the mood in the United camp.