Manchester United has managed to earn just 37 points from 21 matches and David Moyes is planning to make wholesome changes in the squad.
Several news agencies including The Mail and Eurosport have reported today that the Old Traffod management has arrived at the conclusion that time has come to make big changes in order to maintain the competitiveness of the squad.
The Glazer family, who own United, recognise there needs to be considerable investment in the squad to re-establish the club as one of Europe’s most dominant.
With their global money-making machine operating in top gear, United have €100m in the bank and are generating €96m a year in free cash flow thanks to a long list of local partners.
The United manager wants to get purge of more than half of his first-team squad before the start of next season and under-performing players like Nani, Wilfred Zaha, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alex Buttner, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia and Anders Lindegaard are due to leave in either January or in the summer and Moyes will also have big decisions to make about star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
It seems that Moyes has also lost patience with Nani, who was booed by the Old Trafford crowd when he was substituted during a game against Stoke City in October.
Nani has been ruled out for the last three weeks with a hamstring injury and faces a race against time to be fit before the end of the January transfer window, though Sporting may be happy to take him anyway.
Manchester United outcast Anderson is on the verge of joining Italian side Fiorentina in the coming days to start of a big clear out by David Moyes at Old Trafford. There have been jibes about the Brazil midfielder’s weight and conditioning this season; Moyes has not used the midfielder in the Premier League since he played in the home defeat against Newcastle United on December 7.
Anderson, 25, has been a major disappointment since being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for £17million in 2007. The Viola have also been linked with a summer move for United captain Vidic.
The last ambitious signing of Sir Alex, Zaha, 21, has become progressively more annoyed by his lack of opportunities under Moyes and has not responded well to the manager’s style. Zaha is ready to move to Cardiff on loan and is waiting for the go-ahead from United’s manager.
Moyes signaled his impatience with certain United players when he confirmed in December there would be departures. ‘I’ve tried to make sure I’ve given an opportunity to everybody. I think that we’re getting to a situation where there are a few who could go if we got the right offer for them,’ he said.
Freeing up squad places will allow Moyes to sign his own players, although the major recruitment will come in the summer.
The players Moyes is targeting to fill the void left by aforementioned departures are Ilkay Gundogan of BVB, Koke of Atletico, and Sami Khedira of Real Madrid. Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw, both left back, are also linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford.