United are currently dwindling in 7th place, struggling to confirm a 4th place finish and secure Champions League football.
A poor transfer window last summer and a lack of activity this summer has left Moyes with a squad in desperate need of fresh faces and speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Gary Neville has pointed the United manager in the right direction when it comes to signings.
The former United captain suggest that Moys focus on a number of players:
“They are good players at the moment and that fits the Manchester United mould of how they have historically signed, more often than not.”
But interestingly, the United right back suggested Moyes avoid Mata especially at £37m:
“That’s a lot of money, 37 million quid, but they need a signing.
“Does he fit with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no.
“The first question, I think, is where are you going to play? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right?
“We’ve seen Kagawa play off the left, we saw Kleberson play at times off the left, we’ve seen Veron at Manchester United move to the left because you can’t play central midfield.
“Maybe they have to change the philosophy and maybe that’s what David Moyes is thinking. Maybe he wants to play narrow wide players and maybe a three in midfield.
“They would have to change to accommodate Juan Mata in the way they normally play. They normally play with wide players. Sometimes they tuck in, but generally they have wide players and the thing for me is where is he going to play?”
Whilst Mata is proven in the Premier League, £37m does seem excessive but with United in their current state and given that Chelsea are a Premier League rival, Moyes should expect to pay over the odds to secure his signature.
Whilst United won’t sign all or perhaps even any of the players Neville mentioned, it has become patently obvious that the team needs an injection of new blood, and Moyes will have to spend the money The Glazers insist is available to attract these stars given that he will face competition from Europe’s elite clubs.