David Moyes insists the £37.1million signing of Juan Mata represents his unrelenting ambition and desire to achieve success with acquisition of more world players for Manchester United. David Moyes believes that Juan Mata will prove an important piece in the “jigsaw” in his rebuilding process at Manchester United but he admits he urgently needs a central midfielder and left-back.
Mata has joined for a club-record fee and was officially unveiled as the Manchester’s new no. 8 at a press conference on Monday. Speaking afterwards, the Scot outlined why this deal is just part of his long-term vision and hinted at further acquisitions.
“The message this sends is that we’re going for all the best players in the world at Manchester United and Juan is one of those players,’’ Moyes said. “He’s a top Spanish player, a top Premier League player and if you asked any Premier League supporter, no matter what club they support, they would be an admirer of Juan.
“I’ve got a big job to do here and a couple of new signings isn’t all that’s needed. There’s a bigger job to be done but you have to start somewhere. If you asked me what I needed most, I would have said a central midfielder, I could do with a left-back, but sometimes you don’t always get the pieces of the jigsaw at the time.
“I wasn’t sure those pieces of the jigsaw would fall for us in this window. I hoped something would come up in this window that we wanted, and thankfully we got it. He plays for Spain, he’s played in big games already for club and country.’’
Moyes also explained he won’t stand for the disappointing form that has seen United exit two domestic cup competitions and lose considerable ground in the title race this term.
“I am not going to accept it,” the boss said. “I am disappointed we are not in a much stronger position. I am disappointed with how we have played. I ultimately take the rap for that – and I will do. But what I will do is make it right. I am going to get better players in. There will be more.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be more in January. But it will change. We will change and alter it around. I have said many times, I have given every player the opportunity to play and show what they can do. We have nearly done that now.
However, a £37 million recruit from Chelsea is not expected to solve all United’s problems and Moyes was quick to admit that. “No he can’t but what it will do is help improve results,’’ Moyes continued. “We’ve had a problem at Old Trafford making and scoring goals [14 Premier League goals at home, 22 away].
Manchester United are also linked with the likes of Luke Shaw, Fredy Guarin, Toni Kroos and Koke. However, they are unlikely to arrive in the January transfer window.