Following the departure of Anderson to Fiorentina and the impeding exits of Fabio and Wilfried Zaha, Manchester United boss David Moyes has promised a further exodus unless things change.
Manchester United currently lie in 7th place in the Premier League – a massive 14 points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
The season so far has been one of relative disaster. Knocked out of both domestic competitions, Man Utd have left themselves an uphill battle just to be certain of European football next season.
David Moyes has recently been boosted by the £37m transfer of Juan Mata – and has promised to make more signings as a result of below par performances from a number of his other players.
According to the Daily Mail, David Moyes has issued his ultimatum, adding:
“I am not going to accept it,” said Moyes.
“I am disappointed we are not in a much stronger position. I am disappointed with how we have played.”
“I, ultimately, take the rap for that. But what I will do is make it right. I am going to get better players in.”
“Unfortunately, I don't think there will be more in January. But it will change.”
There are a number of players who performed well enough to warrant the United shirt under Sir Alex Ferguson in previous years – however these same players have failed to repeat those standards under David Moyes.
Players such as Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra haven’t been as commanding as before – resulting in the likelihood of all three not being at the club next season.
Others such as Buttner, Chicharito and Nani have been linked with a move away from Old Trafford – with David Moyes suggesting that their opportunities to prove themselves good enough are running out:
“I have given every player the opportunity to play and show what they can do,”
“The players have to perform. If they want to be here and making sure they have a jersey, they have to show it in the games.”
“At this moment in time we have failed to do that. We want to do something about it.”
Whilst Manchester United look to be heading towards a busy summer – there still remains the worrying scenario that top players may not be inclined to join the Red Devils if they can’t be promised Champions League football.
The next six months are certainly going to be huge for David Moyes – and the added pressure and expectation will be nothing like what he has experienced in the past.