David Moyes admits he will look to add to his Manchester United options when the window reopens, but only if the right players become available.
It was a fairly frustrating summer for the new Old Trafford boss, who missed out on a number of targets including Athletic Bilbao ace Ander Herrera and Barcelona duo Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, the latter of whom joined Bayern Munich. He was, though, able to return to former club Everton to take Marouane Fellaini.
Despite the addition of the Belgian international, who cost £27.5million, the general consensus is that the United squad remains somewhat short. This is perhaps reflected in their disappointing start to the season, with the 2-1 home reverse to West Bromwich Albion last weekend being their third defeat in the opening six matches.
Whilst Moyes insists he has enough quality in his squad to recover and launch a defence of the title Sir Alex Ferguson won last season, he also admits that he will look into bolstering his options when the window reopens in the winter. However, he will not launch a massive spending spree, and will only be interested in the very best of players.
“I’ll look at January but I wouldn’t want people to have big expectations of what we would sign or do,” Moyes said. “In the main, January has not been a great month to sign at the top level, but we’ll be looking for the top players. Undoubtedly we will, in time, try and make the squad better – the job is to make progress at Manchester United.
“We’ll also look to add to the squad if the right players become available. We wanted to try and get one or two players in which, I said at the time, we wanted to buy players to come into the team if possible. That was the goal. We didn’t need many more players, just one or two who could definitely help and effect on the first team.”
As was the case in the summer, it is expected that the midfield is a position the former Toffees boss will look to strengthen. But with many players of the very top quality likely to be cup-tied for the Champions League, he may decide to keep his powder dry in terms of splashing out for the marquee signing many fans demanded weeks ago.