Updated: Monday, 20th January 2020 @ 2:08pm

Have your say: Missed opportunity for United to state their intent?

Have your say: Missed opportunity for United to state their intent?

By Jim Coldwell

Have your say on United's reluctancy to dip into the transfer market.

The January transfer window passed by without any major movements in the Manchester United camp and only passing comments were made about the likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder, very different to events in the summer.

United are the champions of England and have been a record 19 times, however, there seems to have been a certain level of unrest from the Old Trafford faithful in recent times with the apparent lack of quality that a United side usually bestow.

Of course, the most avid Red Devils fans will stand by the team’s hierarchy and why shouldn’t they when they lie second in the Barclays Premier League, having already secured the season’s first piece of silverware: The Charity Sheild.

You don’t have to go very far in Manchester, on the red side at least, to get a sense of uneasiness regarding the future of the football club.

At the start of the season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were competing in four competitions, both domestically and in Europe but now they have only the Premier League title to hang on to.

The return of Paul Scholes from retirement goes someway to highlighting the apparent lack of trust Sir Alex has in his younger players or perhaps Europe’s most successful manager has a trick up his sleeve.

Like any club United have had to deal with injury setbacks throughout the season and the loss of Darren Fletcher through long-term illness has left a gaping hole in the side.

Tom Cleverley showed glimpses of his potential in filling in the vacant midfield role but for such a responsibility to fall on young shoulders is somewhat alarming given the stature and aspirations of a club that has been crowned champions of Europe on three occasions.

Michael Carrick and Anderson are the other names that can be called upon to bolster the midfield but with such limited resources with top-flight experience available other than these it was surprising that Sir Alex did not dip into the market in January.

The next four months will go a long way to determining whether or not the lack of business in the transfer window was the correct decision and perhaps only then will we see the true feelings of United fans towards their clubs rulers.