David Moyes has been given free rein to dictate Manchester United’s transfer business this month, with the Old Trafford hierarchy handing the manager sole charge of club funds in an attempt to avoid a disastrous failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Despite a dreadful run of form that has left United in seventh position in the Premier League – five points adrift of Champions League qualification – and endure a third-round exit in the FA Cup, United’s owners, the Glazer family, remain fully supportive of Moyes and his decisions.

The Scot, who delivered a furious dressing down to his players following the FA Cup elimination at home against Swansea City on Sunday, admitted in the wake of United’s 2-1 defeat that it was “doubtful” he would add to his squad during the transfer window due to the difficulties of securing the best players in January.
But with Moyes yet to overcome a reputation for indecision and caution in the transfer market, forged during a decade of managing with budgetary restrictions at Everton, there is a desire within Old Trafford for the manager to adjust to a new reality of genuine financial muscle at United and embrace it by asserting the club’s heavyweight status.