David Moyes has warned Manchester United's struggling squad he will "get better players in" if they cannot live up to the club's high standards.
As reported by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, the Scottish manager isn't willing to continue providing underperformers with chances in the first team:
I am not going to accept it. I am disappointed we are not in a much stronger position. I am disappointed with how we have played. I, ultimately, take the rap for that.
But what I will do is make it right. I am going to get better players in. Unfortunately, I don't think there will be more in January. But it will change.
United currently sit 14 points off the Premier League lead and remain six points off a Champions League place. The former Everton boss began his improvement plans with the recent signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea, but his squad is still missing world-class quality in midfield and defence.
Aside from Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj and David De Gea, it's difficult to suggest any other United player has excelled himself this season.
More experienced individuals such as Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have been hugely disappointing, often suffering a lack of concentration or rush of blood in vital moments.
United haven't got the quality to replace these veterans and do not possess the squad to cope with football across four competitions.
The embarrassing Capital One Cup penalties defeat to Sunderland was the sign of a team that has no confidence, but also a real lack of lethality to get the job done.
Moyes has already begun the clear-out by allowing Anderson to join Fiorentina on loan, as reported by BBC Sport. The Brazilian midfielder, who remains a talented prospect, just hasn't been able to get up to speed over the past few years.
Similarly, Fabio's expected move to Cardiff was perhaps summed up by the full-back's reckless red card against Swansea in the FA Cup, per the club's official website. This was his last performance, and like many others, will quickly be forgotten by the home crowd.
Moyes has lacked ruthlessness since his arrival, the kind of attitude that made Sir Alex Ferguson such an intimidating figure, so it's refreshing to see the 50-year-old get tough with his misfiring players.
As Henry Winter of The Telegraph points out, the manager wishes to land quality in the same bracket as Mata, individuals who can make a real difference on and off the pitch:
United's title dreams may have faded, but a win in the Jan. 28 match against Cardiff will give everyone at the club a real boost. If Mata comes in and plays well, Moyes' quest to bring quality back will be underway.