Old Trafford boss gets the backing of his board.
With pressure growing on Man United boss David Moyes it appears that the club’s owners are looking to relieve some of the weight carried by the Scot after a less than impressive start to his tenure as Old Trafford boss.
The Daily Express claim that Moyes will be handed a transfer war-chest in the region of £80m and three quality targets have been identified by the Man United manager.
High up on Moyes’s wish list is of course Everton full-back Leighton Baines with the England man being a subject of failed Man United bids over the summer.
The 29 year old has had a solid enough start to the season and his pair of excellent free-kick goals against West Ham were testament to the fact that despite interest from the Premier League title holders Baines has continued to show a great deal of loyalty and respect to Everton.
Moyes continues to track Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, who has a £30.5m release clause, a price that Man United have previously felt was too inflated. When you consider the 24 year old is yet to win a senior Spanish international cap one can see why the club would feel such a valuation was a little over the top.
A less than stable series of defensive displays will also push David Moyes to re-ignite his interest in FC Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala. The young French international was in outstanding form last term, helping his side to concede just 14 goals in 30 domestic league games and in turn helping the Estadio Dragao side to clinch the Primeira Liga title.
One would imagine the successful capture of this trio would take up much, if not all, the £80m transfer budget Moyes has been handed though one wonders if a couple of Man United’s current squad may be sacrificed to help balance the books.
The likes of Shinji Kagawa and Anderson are perhaps two players who could well be considered surplus to requirements come January and both would fetch decent fees on the transfer market if made available.