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Manchester United were responsible for one of the key moves of the window as they recruited Juan Mata from Premier League rivals Chelsea for £37.1 million.
The transfer means that the new Manchester United boss has now made one big acquisition per window, the addition of Mata following the big money move for Marouane Fellaini in the summer.
Simultaneously, Moyes has begun to remove the unnecessary components from the club; Sir Alex Ferguson’s trusted backroom staff were all offloaded during the summer, while dead wood like Fabio da Silva, Anderson and Bebe have all departed (with varying degrees of permanency).
However, does Manchester United’s recent form not indicate that Moyes’s overhaul should be happening at a far greater pace? Even despite the addition of Mata, the Red Devils were hopelessly lacklustre in defeat against Stoke City, and fans continue to lose faith in the current squad and set up.
Slow progress in the January window should mean that Moyes heads into the summer window with a ferocious desire to recruit new blood.
Mike Keegan of the Manchester Evening News indicated that a senior club source believes “three, four or maybe five” new faces are set to arrive in the summer with names like Toni Kroos, Axel Witsel and even Andres Iniesta among potential arrivals.