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Manchester United will back David Moyes with a mammoth £200million to rebuild his beleaguered team.
The shock FA Cup third- round home defeat by Swansea means the Capital One Cup is now United’s only realistic chance of a trophy this season. Moyes’ side meet Sunderland in the semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light tonight when they are once again expected to be without Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
The absence of United’s two star players only highlights the lack of world-class talent in the squad Moyes (right) inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson. The Glazer family will bankroll the new signings needed to strengthen the team over the next 18 months.
United were prepared to outbid Real Madrid with a £90million offer for Gareth Bale in the summer and also tried to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back from the Bernabeu. There was surprise that Moyes only spent £27.5m on Marouane Fellaini.
His list of targets now includes two central midfielders, a striker, a left back and a centre back. The United boss is unwilling to compromise on quality again and is likely to wait until the summer to get players he wants.
The majority, like prime target Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund, will cost more than £30m.
Moyes feels let down by the attitude of some players after seeing United slip 11 points behind leaders Arsenal in the title race and make an early exit from the FA Cup. He made his feelings known to them after Sunday’s defeat by Swansea before admitting there is an ‘urgency’ to sign new players in January.
The defeat has put even more pressure on United to reach Wembley in the Capital One Cup. Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard said: ‘Reaching the final would be a major thing, especially in the situation we are in now. We have to pick ourselves up and move forward. We need to get into that final.’ – Daily Mail