Manchester United are spanking a lot of money in this tranfer window. They're doing it because last season their squad, inspite of being the reigning champions, were shown up as simply not good enough.
Most of the blame for Manchester United's failings were levelled at David Moyes, the chosen one, for being a poor substitute for Sir Alex Ferguson. That's pretty harsh, it's always difficult to follow genius.
The other problem mentioned with regards to Utd was that they didn't buy enough players. Well that got me thinking, does the team that spends the most normally take the title?
I make no bones about the system I've used, it's pretty basic and it's only based on incoming transfers. I'm not interested in net spend, the whole point is that you better what you had with the money available to you. Boo hoo if you had to buy a new stadium, or lost your star striker, you should just count yourself lucky that your team is even able to dine at the top table sometimes, that's more than 90% of football fans can say. That Arsenal have spent far less than the other top clubs in the Premier League is of no concern to me, accept in that they haven't tried to buy the titlte with a major squad overhaul. That Spurs willfully wasted the Gareth Bale transfer kitty, and Liverpool might be doing the same with the Suarez money, just reinforces my point. Money can't buy you love.
Sorry Manchester Utd fans, you can't buy the title anymore. And you know what, Utd have really got no one to blame but themselves.
Utd have had more income than any other club in the league in the Premier League era, but they've rarely spent in a way that made it look like that. A lot of that can be put down to having a brilliant crop of youth in the early nineties, and a one of a kind manager for over 26 years, but there is the Glazer factor as well. They've sucked money out which might have been better spent updating the squad over a number of season. Now this spending spree they're on appears to be desparate and a bit too little too late. If Manchester City and Chelsea have taught us anything about the new Premier League it's that deep pockets only get you so far so quickly, taking the final step is the hardest which makes me think it's a long road back to the top for Manchester Utd.
All of this is not to say that Manchester United can't win the league, it's just that in all liklihood it's not going to happen this year.
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