Manchester United Transfer News: David Moyes Rules out Panicked January Spending

Leigh WalshCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Manchester United manager David Moyes speaks at a press conference, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk, at Old Trafford on December 09, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United boss David Moyes insists he will not be forced into panic buying despite his side’s poor start to the Premier League campaign. 

Calls for fresh faces in the January transfer window had grown a little louder in recent week, but Moyes insists he will not be pressured into loosening the purse strings.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk—per Ian Herbert of the Independent—Moyes said:

I don’t think I’ll feel under pressure personally to do it as I’ll try to do the right things. I tend to take my time and try to assess what are the best talents to bring in. You can see from the players I brought in at Everton the other night – you would say they were all very good choices. We’ve got a window in January where if we think it’s right for the club we will do so [sign players]. If not, we will look again in the summer. This club is always looking to bring in the best talent and that won’t change.

United’s season plunged further into disarray last week with defeats at home to both Everton and Newcastle, two sides that had never previously won a Premier League game at Old Trafford.

The champions currently sit ninth in the table, 13 points behind league leaders Arsenal and seven points off a Champions League spot.

But Moyes, who was famed for his thorough recruiting efforts at Everton, looks set to continue in a similar vein at United.

According to Herbert, the Scottish boss has brought in the Premier League’s head of development, John Murtough, as he looks to revamp the scouting and player development efforts at Carrington.

Moyes’ comments will come as a concern for some Red Devils fans, who were hoping for much-needed reinforcements in January.    

The injury of Michael Carrick has left United short of ideas and personnel in midfield, an area of the pitch that has been a concern for some time now.

Per David Lynch of the Manchester Evening News, the champions have been linked with a whole host of new names including Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan, among others.

But if Moyes’ comments are to go by, then it appears United won't spend for the sake of spending when the window opens in three weeks' time.