MANCHESTER UNITED fans are facing more New Year misery in the aftermath of their FA Cup defeat at home to Swansea City as under-fire Old Trafford boss David Moyes says he will struggle to add to his squad in the transfer window.
The threadbare nature of the United squad was shown up with a dismal 2-1 loss to Swansea, the second defeat of 2014 for the club, both losses at home, in what is shaping up to be a truly awful season for the reigning English champions.
Fans vented their anger after the game but without some new recruits to the squad in the January transfer window, United - already 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal - could be well off the pace by the time they face the Gunners next month.
"I said that I would try to but it would probably be doubtful in January. There's an urgency that we would like to bring people in but are those players available in January?" Moyes said after the game in relation to new signings.
"The players we would like to bring in probably aren't available in January. It's not because we wouldn't like to do it, it's because they aren't available."
Moyes is expected to recall a number of big names for tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Sunderland.
Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and David de Gea are all set to return after sitting out yesterday's defeat. Robin van Persie (thigh) and Phil Jones (knee) are doubtful. Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Ashley Young (shoulder) and Nani (hamstring) are definitely out.