Moyes: New blood needed
DAVID Moyes, the increasingly beleaguered manager of Manchester United, admits he urgently needs to buy new players in the January transfer window, but confesses that it may not be possible to do so.
The Scotsman was talking in the wake of another major disappointment for his club as United, record 11-time winners of the FA Cup, were knocked out at home in the third round by Swansea.
The 2-1 defeat marked United's fourth home loss in their last six games at Old Trafford and just the second time in 29 years that the club has been knocked out in the third round of the competition.
Moyes brought in Marouane Fellaini, from his former club, Everton, only after taking over at Old Trafford in the summer. With every growing setback, pressure is mounting on him to improve a squad that is looking well beyond par and which was without seven injured first-team players on Sunday.
"I said I would try, but I probably would be doubtful this month because of the window. But I think I have been saying it fairly consistently," said Moyes of his efforts to sign new talent this month.
"There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in, but are those players available this month?
"So there is no point in me hyping it up, because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available this month, not because we don't want to do it."
The most glaring absentees from the United side were forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, while the late dismissal of young defender Fabio certainly did not aid United's cause as they fell to a last-minute goal from Wilfried Bony.
However, Moyes refused to use the absence of key members as an excuse. "We had a very strong team out, just about every player we had out was an international player. Maybe Alex Buttner wasn't, but the others are internationals," he said.
United and Moyes at least have the opportunity to respond quickly, with a League Cup semi-final first leg awaiting in Sunderland today, although Rooney and van Persie remain major doubts for the tie.
Moyes said: "I am disappointed we have not won more games or played better, but I am sure it will change. I have no doubt about that."