Ex-midfielder calls for time and fresh blood for David Moyes at Old Trafford

Ray Wilkins thinks some new players are needed at Old Trafford and for David Moyes to be given time and backing to get them back challenging for the Premier League title.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has said that manager David Moyes needs five or six new players at the club for the club to be back challenging for the title.

United are currently languishing in 9th place in the Premier League table and are 13 points behind pace-setters Arsenal, and Wilkins told TalkSport that he thinks it could be another three transfer windows before the side have the squad capable of adding to their collection of Premier League crowns.

Wilkins also said the recent defeats to Everton and Newcastle could lead to some more financial banking from Manchester United’s owners.

Wilkins said: ‘It is a great club, it always will be a great club but David needs time and assistance. Disgruntled fans aren’t really going to help.

‘It might be the little kick up the backside they need to say, ‘here you are David, there is the finance, now go and get some younger players in’.

The question is, where do Manchester United need to strengthen?

If Moyes’ targets during the summer transfer window are anything to go by then he has highlighted some areas himself that need some improvement.

Given his public pursuit of Everton left-back Leighton Baines along with Marouanne Fellaini during the summer, the United boss evidently feels the need for a replacement or competition for Patrice Evra.

Other areas could include centre-half with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both in their 30’s, and Ferdinand especially coming towards the end of his career, whilst there has been much said about Manchester United’s midfield.

It looks as if replacing Paul Scholes is going to be a real struggle, whilst control in the middle of the park seems to slip with no Michael Carrick in the side so there is perhaps scope for two central midfielders in the side.

Another area that has been mentioned is the wider areas, with Ashley Young coming in for some criticism, whilst strikers they seem to be OK for now in the shape of Robin Van Persie.

Now it’s just a question, how much is it all going to cost, and will David Moyes be given a war chest?

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