Moyes doesn’t think United will win the title until new talent is recruited…
Manchester United boss David Moyes could face the wrath of club’s fans after he insisted that there could be more days like his side’s miserable 4-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City, reports the Guardian.
Moyes lost his first Manchester derby at the weekend convincingly, and accepted responsibility for the defeat – but has warned fans that during his first season at the club, they may be in for more miserable afternoons.
“I’ve taken the punches and I’m happy to do that. Not for a minute did I think this Manchester United job was going to be an easy job. There will be days like we had on Sunday and there might be more of them because we are in a period where there will be transition, there’s a new manager for the players and, in turn, there will be new players,” said Moyes.
Last season, with the exact squad minus £27m midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Sir Alex Ferguson waltzed to the Premier League title, ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. However, all three of those sides, as well as big spending Tottenham have recruited world-class players this summer, and many think United are now only third of fourth favourites for the title.
Without coming out and saying just that, Moyes has intimated that his first-team needs direct replacements bought in if they have any chance of winning the title.
“I don’t think it’s actually the squad, I think we’ve got numbers. I think maybe we’ve got work to do to bring in players not for the squad but to go right into the team,” said Moyes.
On departing, Sir Alex Ferguson asked fans to give Moyes time, and it is unlikely his job will under any real pressure for this season at least. January could well be a decisive period in Moyes’ reign, as he will be judged on the players he brings in. His comments indicate that he desperately wants to sign some big names, and United fans will be hopeful the club are more successful than they were this summer, when they missed out on Cesc Fabregas, Thiago and Ander Herrerra.