Manchester United Transfer News: David Moyes Right to Want to Rebuild Squad

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2014

PIRAEUS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 25:  Manchester United manager David Moyes looks on before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Manchester United at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2014 in Piraeus, Greece.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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David Moyes's first season in charge of Manchester United has not been easy for the former Everton boss and he will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes in 2014/15.

Currently sitting a lowly seventh in the Premier League and on the verge of going out of the Champions League to Olympiacos, after a 2-0 first-leg loss in the last 16, changes will need to be made in the summer.

And it seems that Moyes will be looking to make wholesale changes in an attempt to return the Red Devils to their former glory.

According to Chris Wheeler of The Daily MailMoyes wants to completely rebuild his current squad over the summer:

Moyes is understood to want up to eight new signings to revive the struggling Barclays Premier League champions after a disastrous season.

Rio Ferdinand will follow Nemanja Vidic and Anderson out of Old Trafford, and there are serious question marks over the futures of Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Javier Hernandez.

However, implementing such a large turnaround of players will be massively complicated by the demands of the World Cup, the increasing possibility that United could be involved in Europa League qualifiers, and the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.

Despite the problems that will face the 50-year-old as he tries to do business this summer, he really has no other option. This United side needs to be completely rebuilt. 

One startling feature of United's play this year has been their weakness in defence.

With the old guard of Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra on the way outand the obvious replacements of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones flattering to deceivea complete rebuild at the back is a necessity.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United is challenged by Thomas Ince of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on February 22, 2014 in London, Englan
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As well as new centre-backs, Moyes should continue his attempts to bring in Leighton Baines, a proven star with bags of Premier League experience. Baines would be a leader as part of a new-look defence.

As if Moyes did not have enough problems with an ageing back line, the midfield is even more threadbare.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring the opening goal with Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Arsenal and FC Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium
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With only Michael Carrick to rely on as a defensive midfielder and players like Antonio Valencia not quite fulfilling potential on the flanks, the Scot needs several new players in the middle. 

Toni Kroos, with whom United have been continually linked, would be a terrific start, but he would not solve all United's problems.

United need strength in depth in the middle of the park, as well as at least one more threat on the wing.

United have a terrific set of forwards, including van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Danny Welbeck, and if they can hold onto all of these players, strengthening up front may not be necessary.

However, it may be more difficult than first thought to keep hold of the Dutchman van Persie. If they lose him things will need to be even more drastic in the summer.

As well as all of these weaknesses in the United squad it is essential, if Moyes is to succeed, for him to mould his own squad.

Sir Alex Ferguson left not only a weak squad at Old Trafford but a squad created by him and imbued with his philosophy.

Moyes is right to want to bring in his own players and start his own era at the head of this majestic club.