Glazers to offer David Moyes January war-chest
United's American owners are aware of the difficulties of recruiting players during the winter transfer window but have made it clear to Moyes that he will be backed if he finds the right players.
The failure to recruit key targets during the summer, which can be partially attributed to Moyes not starting his new job until the end of his Everton contract on June 30, has contributed to United making their worst start to a season for 24 years.
As a result, the previously unthinkable prospect of the club missing out on Champions League qualification has become a potential nightmare scenario.
Such an outcome, triggered by the champions finishing outside the top four for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign, would see United miss out on at least £30m in Champions League prize money next season. It would also have the knock-on effect of making it harder to attract leading players to Old Trafford in the summer.
Moyes has now been told that funds will be in place in January if he wants to make renewed moves for Everton defender Leighton Baines and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, as well as testing FC Porto's determination to hang on to France defender Eliaquim Mangala. (© Daily Telegraph, London)