Moyes is in an unenviable position of having to try to rebuild a United squad that has failed miserably this season, just months after clinching the Premier League title. The arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea has given fans a boost, but there is a lot more work to be done for Moyes, with next summer bound to a vital period for the manager and for the club.
As a result, the Red Devils will be looking to bring in a number of new players over the summer transfer window in a bid to turn the club back into title contenders, and Balague suggests that Moyes could bring in up to seven new faces for his starting line-up, whilst his desired model for the team is Bayern Munich, after watching the German and European champions tear Manchester City apart in the Champions League group stage earlier this season.
“We're talking about 5, 6 or 7 new players – not to the squad, to the line-up – and I'm pretty sure that's how David Moyes feels. It was right time [for Sir Alex Ferguson] to leave Manchester United, partly because of that, as Ferguson would've had to start it all over a little bit, and David Moyes is very clear, sending a message to the board; 'I need, not only the money, but I need the best players' for the kind of football that he wants to propose,” Balague said in an interview with TalkSport.
“He saw the Manchester City vs Bayern Munich game, where it was 3-1 to Bayern Munich and Guardiola's team were fantastic, and Moyes was saying 'That is the kind of football I would like to practice with Manchester United' - that means full backs that go forward, centre midfielders that pressure high, centre backs that go high as well, much more dynamism – a whole new team, he needed to start it somewhere and Mata is where he starts it from,” added Balague.
Moyes aim to emulate Bayern may be one of the reasons that United have been linked with so many German players recently, as Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Patrick Herrmann and Max Kruse have all been rumoured to be leaving the Bundesliga in order to sign for Moyes' United.
Balague went on to say that United offered €125m for former Spurs star Gareth Bale, which suggests that there is money to spend at Old Trafford, but it seems Moyes would rather spend that money on improving a number of positions rather than splash it all out on one player.
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