‘David Moyes planning Man United’s long-term future – not panic buying’

Manchester United insist David Moyes is planning in the long-term in a response to letters from disgruntled Red Devils fans

David Moyes
David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson this summer Photo: The Sport Review

Manchester United have reassured their supporters that David Moyes is being allowed to implement a long-term project at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had a summer transfer window to forget as Moyes missed out on a number of top targets, including Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas and Spanish youngster Tiago Alcantara.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor did manage to land Marouane Fellaini in a £27.5m deal from his former club Everton on transfer deadline day, which appeased disgruntled United fans.

However, a number of supporters still wrote to the club to vent their frustrations about the lack of activity, and the Premier League champions issued a response through their director of communications, Phil Townsend.

“The club has always backed the manager in the transfer market, as Sir Alex (Ferguson) has said on many occasions and it will continue to do so,” said Townsend.

“The club has demonstrated its belief in, and commitment to, David Moyes through the award of a six-year contract.

“Allowing him to shape the future Manchester United team is a long-term project not an eight-week panic.

“He must be given time to assess his new squad and come to his own decisions on which players he feels will strengthen it.”

He added: “The club had two main priorities for the transfer window.

“The first was to keep Wayne Rooney. He is a world-class player and the manager is very keen to have Wayne as a key part of the club’s drive to retain the Premier League trophy. That aim was fulfilled.

“The second priority was to add a midfield player, and the capture of Fellaini has met that need.

“Add to that the fact that Wilfried Zaha is a new signing and that the manager has added the highly-rated young player Adnan Januzaj to the squad and the team does in fact have a different feel to it than the one that finished last season.”

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