Manchester United need a complete overhaul, not just Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, if they are to become a competitive outfit like they once were for so long during the illustrious tenure of David Moyes' trophy-magnet predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
That is, according to renowned pundit Richard Keys, who has said that it is important Moyes receives support as his success would boost British coaching.
What Moyes requires now, equally as much as a new team, is the public admission of Ferguson that one of the reasons he retired was that he was aware of what was required in the transfer market and 'did not have it in him' to engineer another rebuilding project.
On his blog, Keys wrote: 'United are way off. And I'm not a 'Johnny come lately' on this. I made this point back in July when I said they'd finish fourth. I got hammered [but] United fans would take fourth now.
'I desperately want David Moyes to succeed. He has to. We need a strong United and British coaching needs him to make a go of it.'
Ferguson left on a high having claimed a 13th Premier League title, however, the state of affairs at Old Trafford right now are low. The club were eliminated embarrassingly early in the FA Cup, are on an abysmal run in the Premier League (currently seventh), painfully exited the League Cup semifinal via a penalty shoot-out but may be buoyed by the addition of Mata, from Chelsea, for £35m to £40m.
It is not just the Spaniard who United need, though, as the club require eight additions - Keys asserts.
'Fergie left a mess,' said Keys. 'I honestly feel United need eight - 4 defenders - 3 in midfield that can hurt you - not run about or 're-cycle' to use a modern phrase - and 1 up top.'
Moyes was the preferred choice of Ferguson but if Sir Alex really wanted to help his successor he would issue a public statement over the state of the squad that he left Moyes to inherit: 'If Fergie really wanted to help his successor - The Chosen One - he'd admit it publicly. He knows it. It's one of the reasons he left. He didn't have another re-build in him.
'It would buy Moyes the time he needs to turn this around. This is NOT David's fault. Fergie hasn't done a lot to help his mate since leaving. This would.'
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