Moyes on record transfer: Mata only the beginning...

Juan Mata

Manchester United manager David Moyes delighted with Juan Mata signing, and hints at many more to come

With the record transfer signing of Juan Mata in the bag, you would think that David Moyes would be taking it easy, basking in the knowledge that his club have signed one of the best players in the league - a move that is sure to inject some optimism in the camp, as well as in his spell as manager.

Instead, he has announced that the Spaniard will be the first of several signings coming into the club, a statement that will be music to the ears of fans unaccustomed to seeing their side languishing in mid table.

The United boss told the Manchester United website of his excitement and surprise that he could bring the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year to Old Trafford.

"He’s someone we’ve been interested in for a long time," said Moyes. "We couldn’t say much about it but he was certainly on our radar for a couple of months in the hope that we could get him.

"He did a great job for Chelsea in the last few years with his goalscoring and assists and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the red jersey now and doing it for us."

When queried as to whether he thought a transfer was possible earlier in the month, Moyes continued, "I never felt we would get that opportunity because I wasn’t sure that Chelsea would ever sell him to us.

"Thankfully we got there and I’m delighted he’s here."

With six days still to go until the end of the transfer window, the Scot also clearly expressed that 2014 is likely to be a year full of high profile arrivals for the current Premier League champions, whether they come in in January or the summer. 

United have continued to be linked with other players despite the Mata transfer, with Southampton youngster Luke Shaw, Bundesliga stars Marko Mandzukic, Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan, and La Liga players Ander Herrera, Fabio Coentrao and Koke all on their way depending on which paper you pick up.

"I want to win and give the supporters something to shout about because I’ve not done that often enough," Moyes admitted. "What I will say is this is the first of many more to come in time. I’m looking forward to Juan being the start of it.

"I don’t think we’ll have any more in January. I’m still working on it and looking to do things – we know exactly what we’d like to do and if it changes in the last week which sometimes it can do then we’ll try. I hope it will be the first of some new signings that will arrive, but more likely in the summer.

"We have to look to improve and I’m going to try to bring in some new players to make that happen. As I said, Juan is the first of hopefully several."

With more players as good as promised to arrive, despite a shaky start for the Manchester giants, it looks like the David Moyes era is only just beginning.

 

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