For those who are unaware, “Shock and Awe” is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an enemy’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight.
>A high profile example of this tactic took place in March 2003 when the United States and its allied forces launched a massive aerial assault against Iraq following its government’s continuous breach of U.N. resolutions.
At the time, General Richard B. Myers stated that a precision hit every minute would produce “a shock on the system,” a shock so great that “the Iraqi regime would have to assume early on that the end was inevitable.”
Unlike the US and its allied forces, Manchester United and David Moyes are downplaying their transfer market maneuvers prior to the opening of the summer window.
In the manager’s Friday press conference he stated:
“I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year. It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place, but we have got to look to do one or two things. It’s difficult as players are going to be going away for the World Cup so it’s maybe not quite as easy as ideally all clubs would like to get the work done early. We cannot guarantee it, but will try to make that happen.”
Manchester United’s dramatic fall from champions of England in 2013 to fighting for Europa League qualification this season, has led to the Glazers presenting David Moyes and CEO Ed Woodward a huge transfer kitty to spend on repairing the damage to United’s aging and underachieving first team squad.
Media reports have suggested that United’s owners have handed the Scottish manager a war chest of anywhere between £100-200m.
So, for the past few months, any time Manchester United has had a break in its fixture list, Moyes and his staff have been traveling across Europe. The club’s coaching staff and scouts have identified, evaluated, recruited and schmoozed numerous players and agents over that period; knowing that they would have to accelerate their efforts in order to secure moves before the World Cup in Brazil.
Moyes’ comments and poker face, which were on display during his Friday press conference, were merely a tactic to deflect the growing attention of stories coming from the press recent days. The reports, by some media accounts, are that United already have deals in place for players and/or are very close to securing those deals.