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Manchester United were the big losers in the FA Cup third round, as David Moyes’ men fell to a shock home defeat to Swansea.
It is the latest setback for a side making a poor fist of defending their Premier League title.
Moyes is looking at ways of strengthening his squad but, per a report from the Mirror’s David McDonnell, the Scot feels the players he wants are unlikely to be available in January.
Per McDonnell’s piece, Moyes said:
There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in but are those players available in January?
So there’s no point in me hyping it up, because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available in January, not because we don’t want to do it.
I said I would try, but that it would probably be doubtful in January, because of the window, but I think I've been saying it fairly consistently.
So, what was the media reaction to United’s shock loss to Swansea?
The Telegraph pulled no punches, with the front page of their football pull-out going with the headline of “Crumbling Empire.”
The pull-out led on a report from Mark Ogden who used a subhead of “Theatre of Nightmares”—a play on words referencing the fact the Red Devils have lost five times at home this season.
The last-minute goal from Wilfried Bony was like manna from heaven for the headline writers.
The Express were one of a few papers to go with the headline of ‘Bony and Slide”, which led on Richard Tanner’s report.