Manchester United Transfer News: Juan Mata Expects Top Summer Arrivals

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

Manchester United's new signing Juan Mata, right, displays his new shirt alongside manager David Moyes before a press conference at the team's Carrington training ground, Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. With Manchester United in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season, Juan Mata's arrival at Old Trafford for a club record fee of 37.1 million pounds ($61.2 million) is certainly an emergency move. But it also marks the first step in the rebuilding process of England's most titled club. After a botched transfer campaign last summer that was followed by the club's lackluster first half of the season, United now looks determined to allow manager David Moyes the opportunity to build his own team.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata has spoken of his belief that his new club will be making some marquee signings in the summer, as reported by David Lynch of the Manchester Evening News.

Lynch writes that Mata is sure United can attract the biggest names and that they will do this during the summer.

Mata was quoted by Lynch discussing the future of the team, the expectations and his own relationship with David Moyes, saying: 

I don't know what will happen in the summer but the manager [Moyes] said the other day at a press conference that he's going to be signing players. I think this club is at a stage of change, but I can tell you that the best players in the world will always arrive.

The objective is to get to the Champions League spots. It's difficult because Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are playing well and fighting for the top four, but I think we have a team who can do it.


My relationship with [Moyes] is good, friendly and from the off, he seemed to me to be a great person.

Jon Super/Associated Press

Mata's words will please United fans who have witnessed a horrific set of results in the past few months as Moyes struggles in the early days of his tenure.

United have lost eight games in the Premier League this season, winning only two matches in their last seven outings, per Squawka.

The run has meant that, despite the obvious backing from the owners and the directors, Moyes is in a difficult situation and must start winning games fast. 

The Mail Online tweeted about the opinions of former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson and his criticisms of the Red Devils back four:

The expectations of summer signings has never been so high at Old Trafford, and the fans will be expecting to see an array of top talent in their starting line-up for the 2014-15 season. If Moyes cannot attract the talent needed to boost United's ranks, he could very well be shown the exit door in favour of a manager with more pull in Europe.

United have displayed an ineptitude not seen under Sir Alex Ferguson, and though Mata rightfully says that the previous manager's achievements are unattainable, these are the standards of the football club, and they must be met.

Signings like Mata go a long way toward attaining the balance that the team needs to compete at the highest level, but there is a long way to go to fixing all of the issues.

With the expected departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, United need a high-quality centre-back to complement Jonny Evans and Phil Jones. A player such as Eliaquim Mangala would be perfect for this job, and Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star writes that Moyes wants the highly rated individual. 

However, add to this the need for a box-to-box midfielder, a top-quality left-back and possibly a defensive midfielder and you suddenly see the task ahead of Moyes.  

Another question is just how much will the Glazers offer Moyes in his quest to revamp the squad.

If it is not a substantial amount, the Scotsman's hands will be tied behind his back and failure will be the most likely of outcomes. Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reports that the Glazers will hand Moyes £100 million, but it will only become clear if this figure is accurate during the action of the summer transfer window.