The Spanish maestro became the club's record signing at £37.1 million in January. Three months down the line, Mata has indicated the squad are expecting to see more world-class players added to United's lineup, as reported by David McDonnell of the Mirror:
I have no doubt about it. When I joined, in all my conversations with the board and the manager about next season, they were confident about getting the right players.
They know, and I know, we’re in a transitional moment, but in the summer they’re going to try to sign a few players and I have the faith they are going to bring top players in.
Moyes is rumoured to have £200 million to spend when the market opens, per ESPN. United's squad is lacking across the board, especially considering Nemanja Vidic has agreed a move to Inter. Meanwhile, Patrice Evra is expected to call time on his Old Trafford tenure as well, as reported by Jamie Jackson of the Guardian. Ryan Giggs may also hang up his boots, per Steve Bates of the Mirror, highlighting the need for change.
With this in mind, United need at least a new centre-back, left-back, central midfielder, winger and perhaps even a fresh striker to head in the right direction. Too many of the current squad—individuals including Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young—have failed to impress this season. They could be pushed further down the pecking order or indeed away from the Theatre of Dreams altogether.
Moyes spent ample time scouting throughout January. He recently picked up where he left off by attending Benfica's domestic cup win over fierce rivals Porto. According to the Daily Mail (via ESPN), he visited with the intention of scouting left-back Guilherme Siqueira (on loan at Benfica from Granada), as well as Eliaquim Mangala and Jackson Martinez from the blue and whites.
Big-name signings such as Toni Kroos and Marco Reus have also been touted for transfers to the club, as reported by Richard Tanner of the Express. The Bundesliga duo offer the type of quality United fans will be craving, and if landed, they would promote a serious statement of ambition for the future.
Speaking to MUTV (via Sky Sports) after he captured Mata in January, Moyes indicated further signings of his quality can be expected soon:
This is the first, and there will be many more to come in time. I want the quality of Juan to be the start of it. I want to build an exciting team, I want to win and I want to give the supporters something to shout about - I've not done that often enough.
United currently reside in seventh and are battling for a spot in next season's Europa League.
In the season following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, it's ironic that Liverpool look destined to capture the Premier League title. Ferguson worked doggedly to end an era of success for United's rivals, a task Moyes may need to embark on next year.
Both the manager and supporters will have a better idea of where United are at during the summer. A splashing of cash is needed, but many would be fooled into thinking this guarantees a return to winning ways.
Moyes and his squad have a tough task ahead of them, especially considering the domestic division continues to become more competitive, meaning any summer acquisitions must be ready to fight. Vast improvement is needed, or else Moyes' upcoming transfer activity will become his last at the club.