United's David Moyes reposes faith in youth
Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he will put faith in the club's youngsters if the Premier League champions are unable to land their major transfer targets. Moyes has found it a challenge to strengthen United's squad since he replaced Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Spain international Cesc Fabregas had been Moyes’ main target but Barcelona rejected United’s £30 million offer and the player subsequently pledged his future to the Catalan club.
The Red Devils were linked with Thiago Alacantara, Fabregas’ midfield colleague for club and country, but he left the Camp Nou for German club Bayern Munich.
United also failed with a £12 million bid for Everton left-back Leighton Baines and a £28 million double bid for Baines plus Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
But Moyes does not seem overly concerned and claims he would happily hand youngsters like Tom Cleverley, Nick Powell and Adnan Januzaj a chance to impress.
“If the right players are available to sign, great,” Moyes said. “But if not, the first thing we’ll do is encourage our own young players in the squad to do as well as they did last year.
“There is a need to (sign players) but there’s no pressure to do it. It’s something we’ve been talking about it since I took the job on July 1. I have an idea of where I’d like to strengthen but we won’t do it because people tell us we should be signing players.
“There is value in the market but we’ve only targeted certain players. We don’t have a big, big list because there are only certain quality players we want to bring in to the club.
The plan is we’ll bring in one or two if we can.” Moyes also reaffirmed United’s stance that striker Wayne Rooney will not be sold to Chelsea, who they face on Monday.
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