David Moyes says Man Utd need new blood after FA Cup defeat

2014-01-06 09:16

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Manchester – David Moyes, the increasingly beleaguered Manchester United manager, admits he urgently needs to buy new players in the January transfer window, but confesses that it may not be possible to do so.

The Scotsman was talking after another major disappointment for his club as United, record 11-times winners of the FA Cup, were knocked out at home in the third round by Swansea last night.

The 2-1 defeat marked United’s fourth home loss in their last six games at Old Trafford. It is just the second time in 29 years that the club has been knocked out in the third round of the competition.

Moyes only brought in Marouane Fellaini, from his former club Everton, after taking over at Old Trafford in the summer. With every growing setback, pressure is mounting on him to improve a squad that is looking well beyond par and which was without seven injured first-team players yesterday.

“I said I would try, but probably would be doubtful in January because of the window – but I think I have been saying it fairly consistently,” said Moyes of his efforts to sign new talent this month.

“There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in, but are those players available in January?

“So there is no point in me hyping it up because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available in January, not because we don’t want to do it.”

The most glaring absentees from the United side yesterday were forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. The late dismissal of young defender Fabio certainly did not aid United’s cause as they fell to a last-minute goal from Wilfried Bony.

However, Moyes refused to use the absence of key players as an excuse for a defeat which also featured a goal for Wayne Routledge and a quick United reply from Javier Hernandez.

“That is no excuse,” he said. “We had a very strong team out, just about every player we had out was an international player, maybe Alex Buttner wasn’t, but the others are internationals.

“It shouldn’t be that. We put out a really strong team, lots of international players, everyone is getting an opportunity to show what they can do. Hopefully then, I will make the decisions from that.

“I think that the way we are, we need to win. We have to make sure we find a solution to win. Part of the job is finding a way of winning. It doesn’t matter what style, whatever you do, you have to find a way of winning and that’s what we have to do.”

United and Moyes at least have the opportunity to respond quickly with a League Cup semifinal first leg waiting in Sunderland on Tuesday although Rooney and Van Persie remain major doubts for the tie.

“It has been a tough start, a tough opening period,” said Moyes. “I am disappointed we have not won more games or played better, but I am sure it will change. I have no doubt about that.”

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