After a poor start to the season, it has been heavily rumoured that Manchester United would be ready to open the taps in the January transfer window after failing to get many of their transfer targets in the summer. The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Daniele De Rossi were high on the transfer list, but United were unable to get them due to several reasons. After the end of the transfer window, though, not many would have complained since the squad won the Premier League title only a few months ago.
Under new manager David Moyes, United sit with just seven points after six games in the Premier League. They have seen their rivals Liverpool fail to get back into the Champions League for several consecutive years. Moyes more than anybody else would be aware that it would not be acceptable to fall out of the top four even for one season. Of course, it is too early to talk about finishing outside the top four, but it is thought that United will be prepared to spend big in January.
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Moyes, though, has downplayed expectations once again by saying that the club will be active in the upcoming transfer window, but has not guaranteed any big name arrivals. Moyes and Chief Executive Ed Woodward have seen firsthand that it is not easy to sign a big player even with the name 'Manchester United' behind them. Speaking to Sky Sports, Moyes said,
"I'll look at January but I wouldn't want people to have big expectations of what we would sign or do. In the main, January has not been a great month to sign at the top level.
"Undoubtedly we will, in time, try and make the squad better - the job is to make progress at Manchester United.
"We didn't need many more players, just one or two who could definitely help and effect on the first team."
Manchester United have a relatively easy fixture list (at least on paper) in the next few weeks when they will take on Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke City, and Fulham. The United of old would have most probably taken all 12 points on offer. After complaining about the tough nature of the fixtures at the start of his United career, Moyes needs to win these matches in order to prove that it was the case.