David Moyes has every intention of bringing new faces into Manchester United in January but only if the right ones are available.
It was a philosophy that Moyes reiterated on multiple occasions during the summer and the failures of that transfer window haven’t changed his mindset. There is no hint of panic from the Scot.
He has said on more than one occasion that he wanted to sign other players alongside Marouane Fellaini this summer but wouldn’t be forced into buying a player for the sake of it as he only wants to buy players in line with a long term plan.
“The thing about this club is that we always think long term,” he said when question about January.
“I am thinking how we are going to have a side that is going to be competing in the Champions League and right at the top end of the Premier League for four or five years.
“It has to be a continual building process here. We will continue to look to do that. In any one window you couldn’t change it all around anyway. It takes maybe two, three or four windows to do that. To talk about January and make it sound as if that would be the place where everything is cured and any problems would be resolved would be wrong.”
“It is not me saying we are not going to buy anyone in January. We are going to try to if the opportunity is there, but they have to fit the right criteria. If not, we will have to wait until the summer and see if we can get them then.”
As we said earlier this week, United haven’t typically bought big in January but there has been occasions (Vidic and Evra, for example) where we have so it cannot be ruled out but it doesn’t sound like Moyes has any intention of splashing too much cash in January.
Ideally we would sign another central midfielder but it is a case of availability. Even if the right player was available, would Moyes want to buy them if they were not eligible to play in the Champions League or would he rather wait until the summer?
One thing is for sure – there are still going to be plenty of changes over the next few years at United but that doesn’t necessarily mean United will bring players in this January.