Manchester United have written to fans to defend their business in the recent transfer window and insisting they will not be drawn into an "eight-week panic".

United came in for criticism from their own supporters for only adding Marouane Fellaini to their first-team squad in a £27.5million deal from Everton.

The champions failed with bids for Barcelona duo Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara as well as Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera.

United also could not get their hands on Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines while a season-long loan of Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao fell through.

That perceived failure to add sufficiently to the squad sparked widespread anger among United fans some of whom wrote to the club to complain.

United paid over the odds for Fellaini who has been available for £23.5m - the release-clause figure in his contract until it expired on July 31.

Now the club have replied to fans who have written to them expressing their concerns over new manager David Moyes and his transfer policy.

United's letters insist Sir Alex Ferguson's successor has a long-term plan and the full backing of its hierarchy and claim the club exceeded its usual transfer outlay this summer.

They also include a robust defence of Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward.

The club also said it had achieved its two primary objectives of the window - keeping Wayne Rooney and adding a central midfielder to the squad.

The United letter states: "The club had two main priorities for the transfer window. The first was to keep Wayne Rooney. He is a world-class player and the manager is very keen to have Wayne as a key part of the club's drive to retain the Premier League trophy. That aim was fulfilled.

"The second priority was to add a midfield player and the capture of Fellaini has met that need.

"Add to that the fact that Wilfried Zaha is a new signing and that the manager has added the highly-rated young player Adnan Janazaj to the squad and the team does in fact have a different feel to it than the one that finished last season.

"The club has invested over £40m acquiring new players this summer as well as re-signing Nani on a long term deal - more than it has traditionally spent on transfers.

"Additional resources were there to add to that but it was not possible to agree with other clubs for the right players to leave. The key point there is that the players we buy have to be the right ones for Manchester United; not just any player.

"The club has always backed the manager in the transfer market as Sir Alex has said on many occasions and it will continue to do so. The club has demonstrated its belief in and commitment to David Moyes through the award of a six year contract.

"Allowing him to shape the future Manchester United team is a long term project not an eight-week panic. He must be given time to assess his new squad and come to his own decisions on which players he feels will strengthen it."