David Moyes has hinted that he is happy with his current squad if Manchester United were to not secure any new players by the end of the transfer window today.
United have had a €30 million bid for Ander Herrera rejected and are expected to return with an improved offer while further bids for Fellaini, Baines and De Rossi have all been lined up.
But despite United’s clear weakness in central midfield, Moyes has insisted that the performance against Liverpool convinced him that they are already strong enough to compete.
Speaking after United’s loss at Anfield, Moyes said: “We’ll continue working for what’s left of it (transfer window), to try and get what we can in but from what I saw of the players, I’m more than happy with the players I’ve got.
“I could see why we’re champions today. I thought they played really well. We just didn’t quite have the last bit to score.”
When further pressed about potential transfers on deadline day, Moyes remained on the fence and refused to commit to saying that United were guaranteed to make any signings.
“Well as I said, I don’t know how many hours are left. We’ve got a chance but I couldn’t give you a heads up one way or the other at the moment,” he continued.
“I think it’s a bit of both. There’s a bit of all sorts going on and we’ll know soon. As I said, I don’t know how long there is to go now but it won’t be too long until we know it all and we’ll see.
“But I’ve been really pleased with how the players have been playing, they’ve given me a lot of confidence in the showings that they are doing at the moment.”
When asked if he was overly concerned by the performance of United’s central midfielders, Moyes was effusive in his praise for Carrick and Clevlerley: “Well not today. I thought they played really well,” he added.
“I thought they dominated game for long periods without just maybe having the sort of final bit, the final pass or the cross at different times but then when we did get them we just didn’t take them today.
“So I’ve got to say I was really pleased with how the players played.”
United may have had an improved second half but it was still a poor performance from the side and it highlighted the gaps we have in our midfield.
The result wasn’t a surprise because United have lost only won two times in the last seven years at Anfield but it was the fact United rarely threatened Liverpool’s goal that left cause for concern.
Moyes is right that this is a team of champions so it must already be strong but all of our competitors have strengthened their teams from last year so if we are to carry on competing against them, we must do the same.