David Moyes explains his logic behind January signings for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

David Moyes has explained in a lengthy interview with MUTV that he doesn’t want to get everyone’s hopes up about making signings in the January transfer window but has every intention of signing the ‘best, elite players.’

Previously, Moyes has intimated that January may not be where he lands his players which is something he reiterated in this interview but it isn’t causing him to panic.

Instead, he feels it is all part of how it should go and the process of bringing in who he wants is something that is going to take time.

“I think we would like to do so [bring players in],” he said.

“I would hate to get everyone’s expectations high thinking that we are going to be bringing in lots of players. The one thing I will say is that the club financially will support me in whatever we want to do or try to do. Getting the players in this window is the hardest part.

“At a club like United, we want to sign the best, elite players. A lot of them might be at other clubs right now and might not be gettable. If we can, we will try and do something. That’s going to take some time. I can’t do that right away.

“I think if I’d had done that straight away, folk will have said, ‘Why would you change round all the stuff Sir Alex Ferguson has done?’ It’s a gradual change. Obviously, players will come and go, that’s football.

“That will take a little bit of time. I hope it doesn’t take much time. I think most people understand that it will take a little bit of time to settle in. You have a squad at Manchester United. I’m getting to know the players.”

This January is seen by most fans as one of the most crucial winter transfer windows that the club has had because of how pivotal it could prove to be in the Premier League.

United’s already weak midfield has been depleted by injuries and after the summer, it left us with a real lack of quality up against the top sides in the league but we have fought our way back into contention and new signings could springboard us back to the top of the table – whether it will happen remains to be seen.

Moyes also discussed the failures of the summer transfer window and admitted he had to work off a blueprint of what Sir Alex Ferguson told him the club needed simply because he didn’t have enough time to establish his own findings.

He added: “The transfer window was difficult because I wasn’t put into the job until July 1.I wasn’t in and around Carrington, I couldn’t be here and that was a little bit of a difficult time in the summer. Overall, though, I had an idea of what was required. We had 2 or 3 targets in mind.

“Sir Alex had told me what was needed. I was mainly working off Sir Alex’s blueprint from the coaching staff and scouting staff. There were 2 or 3 players that we just didn’t pull off at the last minute on a couple of occasions.

“I did feel that when you come in, you need to assess your squad and give everybody an opportunity. Hopefully, most players would say they have had some games, some would like more but we have tried to get everybody that chance.”

United fans knew there was a lot of deadwood in the squad this year and Moyes probably did too but he was right to give everyone an opportunity.

Sometimes a change in management can bring out the best in a player (Rooney), so there was every chance it could have given fringe players the platform to flourish, so it made sense to give them that opportunity.

The way things are shaping up for January, it is looking like United are going to have a difficult time bringing in the quality of player we need but Moyes clearly knows and understands that changes are going to have to happen, and happen fast, so hopefully we have more luck in January than we did in the summer.

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