Earlier this month Manchester United manager David Moyes summoned his European scouting team to the club’s Carrington training facility and mapped out an ambitious schedule for the January transfer window.
At least 16 staff members were present at the meeting, according to the Daily Mail, and after agreeing on a list of targets, they dispersed throughout the continent, with Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain the initial destinations.
A disappointing start to the season has the reigning Premier League champions sitting seventh in the table after 21 rounds and already out of the FA Cup. It has drawn Moyes into a continental search for squad reinforcements, and already he and his scouts have watched no fewer than 10 matches in person.
A Tuesday report in The Guardian compounded United’s problems in disclosing an autumn dip in the club’s share value—a revelation that will no doubt heap even more pressure on Moyes to sign players, improve results and bring the team he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson back into the Champions League places.
Following is a look at several matches watched by either Moyes, assistant manager Phil Neville or chief scout Jim Lawlor, along with the players they traveled to see.