Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail makes the claim that, after suffering five home defeats across all competitions already this campaign, the Glazer family will provide Moyes with funds to build the team he wants across the next two seasons:
Manchester United will back David Moyes with a mammoth £200million to rebuild his beleaguered team.
The absence of United’s two star players (Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney) only highlights the lack of world-class talent in the squad Moyes inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson. The Glazer family will bankroll the new signings needed to strengthen the team over the next 18 months.
Wheeler also suggests the manager's "list of targets now includes two central midfielders, a striker, a left-back and a centre-back." Although he confirms United will need to wait until the summer to land the biggest players, Marco Reus' name is thrown into the mix at "more than £30 million."
Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports believes significant money will be available for the Scottish boss, although he also hints the Premier League champions may struggle to capture world-class talent across the January transfer window:
We're told David Moyes given assurances that significant transfer funds available this month/summer. Player availability the key. #mufc— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 6, 2014
Ironically, Mark Ogden of The Telegraph claims the Red Devils' terrible start to the season—which sees them linger uneasily in seventh and out of the FA Cup—has "led to £220 million being wiped off the club’s stock market valuation in a month."
Moyes' only signing of the summer came in the form of Marouane Fellaini, who was generally considered a decent purchase at the time, although not at the £27.5 million mark for which he eventually arrived.
The Belgian has yet to establish himself at Old Trafford and defines the problems of Moyes' squad rather pertinently. Slow, bumbling on the ball and lacking responsibility across the pitch, Fellaini's first few months in Manchester ensure he has a lot to prove—much like the man who bought him.
How much will David Moyes spend during the January transfer window?
A trip to the Stadium of Light on Jan. 7 was expected to serve as relief for a side that lost two home games during the opening week of 2014. Unfortunately for United, they suffered their third consecutive defeat by falling to Sunderland, 2-1, in the Capital One Cup semifinal first-leg tie.
Failure to reach the final will all but end the club's hopes of capturing a trophy this season, given that success in the Premier League and Champions League appears a distant dream.
Despite January being a difficult time to land players of distinguished quality, it appears Moyes has the opportunity to begin implementing his grand plan for the near future.
United fans will want to see smart signings and, after the arrival of Fellaini, individuals who make an immediate impact in the red shirt.