The beginning to the David Moyes era in Old Trafford hasn't gone as planned. After failed pursuits of many world-class footballers over the summer followed by an eighth-place start to the Premier League, Moyes is ready to spend.
Per the club's official website, the Red Devils have plenty of funds to spend out on the market, and Moyes made no mistake about his club's intentions:
“We have got the money and the club will spend," Moyes said. "There is no question about that.
Even though United entered the Moyes era as defending title winners and one of the biggest favorites to take the 2013-14 crown, they had glaring needs at a few positions. Most notably was the midfield, where they swung and missed on the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, among others.
Their ineffectiveness in the market has been shown during this season. United have found themselves 10 points back of the league leaders, even after gaining ground on Matchday 16 with a win over Aston Villa.
Such a woeful slew of performances—by United's standards—early in the season has only intensified the need to bolster the unit.
However, although the club may need some immediate help at a few positions, that's not what Moyes is looking for. Per the club site's report, long-term projects are being looked at much more so than immediate impacts.
I want players going forward and not just for the next six months. If I can get someone to be with us for the next six or seven years I want to bring them in as soon as I can.
But a lot of [potential targets] may well be at clubs in the Champions League or at clubs who are not willing to sell because they may be in a good league position at this moment in time.
Although the January window always boasts a number of formidable targets, and while the right money can make any deal happen, Moyes is conceding that they're more-so looking at young players to develop.
It must be remembered that similar promises of big spending have been made, by Moyes and more notable managers, in the past. But when it comes down to it, getting a big-name player to change scenery all while assuring that the decision fits in the club's best interests are no simple tasks.
However, United had a league title last year to hang their hats on. In eighth place through 16 weeks, the club may be more inclined to pull the trigger.
The Red Devils' inability to bring in talent could be attributed to many reasons. In some instances, players simply were happy where they were and wanted to stay put. For others, the money just wasn't right.
But if one thing is certain now, it's that Moyes and the higher-ups at Manchester United are working tirelessly to eliminate as many roadblocks as they can in the quest for signing top talent.