David Moyes has certainly clocked up the air miles this week on a scouting trip that has seen him travel to Italy twice and France on one occasion.
At the weekend, Moyes watched Juventus beat Cagliari 4-1 and United were subsequently linked to a host of players including Juventus duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal as well as Cagliari’s defender Davide Astori.
Yesterday, he was in France watching on as Paris St Germain beat Bourdeaux 3-1 and one player who he would have likely been keeping an eye on was Blaise Matuidi of PSG, a 26-year-old midfielder who is out of contract in the summer and scored on the night after coming off the bench.
Tonight, Moyes is in the stands for Napoli’s game against Atalanta and the name being thrown about most is Marek Hamsik.
Moyes isn’t the only one who is gallavanting around Europe as Jim Lawlor is in Portugal tonight to watch Porto’s game against Penafiel and it is the second time in a week that United scouts have watched Porto. Eliaquim Mangala, Porto’s dominant centre back, is who United are believed to be most interested in.
On top of all that, Phil Neville was in Spain to watch Rayo Vallecano against Getafe at the weekend. That is six games our scouts have watched in the space of three days. 19-year-old attacking midfielder Saul Niguez is who reports suggest Neville made the trip to watch in person.
Moyes is making his intentions clear and it is obvious he doesn’t want to make the same mistakes United made in the summer by a lack of preparation. Hopefully, it means there will be some new faces coming into Old Trafford, potentially in January.