Ferguson Wrong About Transfer Window

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Digsy disagrees with the Premiership’s most successful manager ever.

Fergie has claimed the January transfer windowisn’t all that, and doesn’t see it having a major affect on the course of the season. He’s not arguing against the idea of a transfer window in general, just the idea that what you do in January can decide where trophies go.

The influence of the transfer window is over-rated in the sense of what you can really do, said the Man Utd boss.

If you have ambitions in the Champions League, the Premiership and the FA Cup you are limited in terms of the number of players you can choose.”

Seems arrogant to disagree with the Scot and his 20 years top-flight experience, but surely he’s wrong?

The transfer window is the reason he’s getting one Henrik Larsson delivered to Old Trafford on New Years Day, and the reason he’s able to recall Giuseppe Rossi from his unhappy spell in Newcastle United’s Reserves, both of which will bolster his forward line for the Premiership run-in.

And Champions League cup tied or not, Chelsea will surely sign either a keeper, a right back or a central defender, possibly all three. No one wins the Premiership with Paulo Ferreira playing centre back and Hilario in goal, and Mourinho’s ability to get the club’s title challenge back on course will depend greatly on who he can sign, and sign quickly, in January.

Just because a player is Champions League cup tied, it doesn’t mean he’s worthless. Given the choice between a cup tied Owen Hargreaves and a readily available John O’Shea, I’d take the Welsh/Canadian/English/German midfielder any day, especially January 1st. He could still feature heavily in United’s club’s drive for the Premiership trophy, which last I heard was still worth winning.