David Moyes’ career at Old Trafford might off to a rather underwhelming start and the new manager might have made his feelings about the squad all too clear, but he will, nonetheless, be handed a£50m transfer kitty ahead of the January transfer window as United are well aware that strengthening the squad is an absolute priority.
Having spent the summer chasing unrealistic targets only to end paying over the odds for Marouane Fellaini, Moyes has admitted his squad simply isn’t competitive enough to challenge Europe’s elite, while United have picked up seven points from their first six league games, a rather inauspicious start.
According to the Guardian and the Mirror, the Glazers have realised that the Premier League has become far more competitive this season and that, with Sir Alex Ferguson now gone, they cannot expect Moyes to keep delivering the goods on a budget, like his predecessor did ever so often and ever so well.
Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera are widely tipped to be the names on top of Moyes’ list for this winter, but even if Everton decided to sell their best player halfway through the season – highly unlikely, considering the form Roberto Martinez’s men are in – he would surely cost more than the £15m United offer in the summer.
Moyes, report both newspapers, “will sanction bids in the market only if he feels there is requisite value, to keep in line with club policy regarding transfers” meaning that United’s war-chest could well be intact by February 1.
Furthermore, while the Glazers’ decision to publicly back the manager is welcome as it is unexpected, Moyes had claimed money was available throughout the summer, yet apart from the £27m spent on Marouane Fellaini, United were left licking their wounds.
Even more importantly, it’s generally accepted that conducting business throughout the summer is a lot easier than in the January transfer window, as clubs are allowed more time to plan and finalise deals, while in winter some clubs are so desperate to strengthen their squad that they can end up paying over the odds.
Considering that Ed Woodward endured a summer to forget, the the new executive vice-chairman isn’t exactly the sort of man United fans would like to see tasked with strengthening the club in January, for his ineptitude has already led to disastrous results in the summer and Woodward’s best signing would be a director of football to liaise between Moyes and then the club.
Whether United will spend this January or not remains to be seen, but much of their activity will depend on their results between here and Christmas. By then David Moyes could be sitting in the top four and looking back to a difficult start with a smile on his face, but he could also be outside the top four and out of the Champions League.
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