DAVID MOYES will not be breaking the bank in January to bring a much- needed flush of new blood into Old Trafford and has underlined his belief that he is engaged in a long-term project.
A mounting injury list has highlighted personnel shortages in key areas. Michael Carrick has already been ruled out for a number of weeks with an Achilles problem and Marouane Fellaini is facing 10 weeks on the sidelines when he undergoes wrist surgery.
In the short term, Phil Jones has been ruled out of tomorrow's trip to Cardiff, leaving Moyes short of central midfield options, but he is adamant that he is playing a long game.
"This club is always thinking long-term," said the Scot, who has a six-year contract with the club. "I am thinking how are we going to have a side that is going to be competing in the Champions League and right at the top end of the Premier League in four or five years?
"It has to be a continual building process and we will continue to look to do that. You couldn't change it all around in any one window anyway. It takes maybe two, three or four windows to do that.
"To make January sound as if that would be the place where everything would be cured and any problems would be resolved would be wrong," he said.