Transfer news: 'There is an urgency for reinforcements,' admits Manchester United manager David Moyes following FA Cup defeat

But manager could give no assurances that the club will be able to do so

David Moyes admitted that there is an “urgency” to reinforce his Manchester United squad with new players this month, following his team’s 2-1 FA Cup third round home defeat to Swansea City, although he could give no assurances that the club will be able to do so.

The embattled United manager has now lost four of his last six home games and the defeat at Old Trafford meant his club are out at the FA Cup third round stage for just the third time in 30 years. His predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson lost just once in the FA Cup third round in almost 27 years in charge of the club.

Asked whether this defeat would focus minds on signing new players this month, he said: “There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in but are those players available in January? So there is no point in me hyping it up because the players we would like to bring in are probably not available in January, not because we don’t want to do it.”

As for the defeat to Swansea, the club’s seventh of the season in all competitions, Moyes said that there were “no excuses”. He has seven players missing with injury, including Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, and in addition, Nemanja Vidic was not in the squad. Moyes said: “No excuse, we had a very strong team out, just about every player we had out was an international player, maybe Alex Buttner wasn’t but the others are internationals.”

Moyes had no complaints about a sending off for Fabio Da Silva, a substitute who spent just four minutes on the pitch. Wilfried Bony scored the winner in the 90th minute, ten minutes after the red card challenge by Fabio on substitute Jose Canas.

Moyes said: “I thought we played quite well in the first half. We should have taken more chances when the opportunities were there to create more chances as well.  I don’t think we come away thinking we deserved to lose the game but we did do. Going down to 10 men was a turning point as well.

“It just changed it a little bit. I thought we had most control of the game. We needed to make more chances and opportunities. I thought we were relatively comfortable without getting the second goal.”

The United midfielder Darren Fletcher was critical of the team’s performance. “It’s a massive blow, let’s not kid ourselves here,” he said. “This is a really bad result, and there are a lot of angry, hurt players. We feel we have let the manager and the fans and everyone down by losing and it’s not good enough. We have to raise our performance levels.”

“We’re letting the fans down but to be fair to them, they are really sticking by us, and that’s great to see as well and we’ve got to repay that, and I think the players saw that today coming off. When we got to the Stretford End there was a lot of fans clapping and singing for United so the players have got to really see that and know that they are behind us and put in performances for the fans, and the manager, and his staff and it’s got to happen soon rather than later and there’s no better way than the League Cup semi-final against Sunderland [on Tuesday].”

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
Funds raised from the sale of poppies help the members of the armed forces with financial difficulties
voicesLindsey German: The best way of protecting soldiers is to stop sending them into disastrous conflicts
Voices
Nigel Farage has backed DJ Mike Read's new Ukip song
voicesNigel Farage: Where is the Left’s outrage over the sexual abuse of girls in the North of England?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift performs at the 2014 iHeart Radio Music Festival
musicReview: 1989's songs attempt to encapsulate dramatic emotional change in a few striking lines
News
Mario Balotelli has been accused of 'threateningly' telling a woman to stop photographing his Ferrari
peoplePolice investigate claim Balotelli acted 'threateningly' towards a woman photographing his Ferrari
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Anderson plays Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders series two
tvReview: Arthur Shelby Jr seems to be losing his mind as his younger brother lets him run riot in London
Voices
Don’t try this at home: DIY has now fallen out of favour
voicesNick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of it
Arts and Entertainment
Miranda Hart has called time on her award-winning BBC sitcom, Miranda
tv
Sport
Phil Jones (left) attempts to stop the progress of West Bromwich Albion’s James Morrison on Monday
I'm not worried about United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Arts and Entertainment
Saw point: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Serena’
filmReview: Serena is a strangely dour and downbeat affair
Life and Style
The Zinger Double Down King, which is a bun-less burger released in Korea
food + drinkKFC unveils breadless meat beast
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker