Manchester United Transfer News: David Moyes Fears Big Names Won't Join

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes shouts instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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David Moyes has reiterated his concern about Manchester United being able to secure big-name deals in the January window.

Prior to the Red Devils' 2-0 win over Swansea at Old Trafford, United had suffered three consecutive defeats in three different competitions, leading many United supporters clamouring for an injection of quality in the transfer window.

But Moyes, whilst acknowledging that the club will be doing its best to add to the squad in the window, admits it will be difficult to attract the best players at this point of the season, with clubs reluctant to let talent leave midseason:

Moyes reiterates his stance on January signings: "I've not said we won't be doing it but I've said since day one it's difficult." #mufc

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 10, 2014

It’s certainly a concern for the United boss and something he may have to contend with, not only in this window but also in the early years of his tenure.

At the time of writing, United are seventh in the table and four points adrift of Everton, who occupy fourth place. If the Red Devils do fail to qualify for the Champions League, there will be serious doubts as to whether they can attract that high-calibre player the club has courted in the past.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United competes with Ross Barkley of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on December 4, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (P
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It’s an issue that riddled United’s summer transfer window.

A frustrating summer after some seismic changes at United saw the club tread water when it came to transfer dealings. With both Moyes and vice chairman Ed Woodward starting in new roles, they found it difficult to nail down any deals before signing Marouane Fellaini for an inflated fee of £27 million.

The dithering in the summer window coupled with a January without any new faces would be a major concern to those of a United allegiance.

The team needs investing in, and with the Merseyside teams seemingly getting better and better and Tottenham going in the right direction under Tim Sherwood, United have some very good teams to catch if they are to secure that elusive Champions League berth.

A position outside the top four could determine and most likely hamper what type of player United can target at the end of the campaign.

According to Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail, Moyes has a £200 million war-chest to delve into in order to rebuild his squad. 

But will United (or Moyes for that matter) still have the star quality to attract the highest calibre of players? If they fail to qualify for premier European competition, then the answer could well be “no."

Moyes missed out on the signing of Fabregas.
Moyes missed out on the signing of Fabregas.David Ramos/Getty Images

The club pursued figures like Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Ander Herrera and Gareth Bale over the course of the summer but failed to snaffle any of them.

Naturally, with Alex Ferguson retiring, critics of Moyes have queried whether or not he himself is a big enough name to attract these high-calibre players.

But surely next summer is the time to judge this. The offseason in 2013 was always going to be a difficult one for all involved at the club. A flurry of change after such an extended period of familiarity meant there was much work to be done aside from transfers.

January is always a notoriously difficult time to do business for any team. Big names aren’t going to move midseason, especially with a transfer potentially disrupting their first-team opportunities and form heading toward a summer World Cup in Brazil.

Moyes too is learning about being a manager at one of the biggest clubs in the world. If the money is there to bolster the squad, which it surely will be, then the lure of Old Trafford, the history of the club and the prospect of playing for a truly iconic football institution will surely allow United to capture some top-class talent regardless of their finishing position.