David Moyes admitted “there is an urgency” to bringing in new players at Manchester United following the Red Devils’ 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City in the FA Cup on Sunday. The loss, United’s fourth at home in its last six games in all competitions, was just its third exit in the FA Cup third round in the last 30 years. Moyes’ predecessor Alex Ferguson had only ever lost one game in the FA Cup third round in his 27 years in charge of the club.
The United boss noted that January is a tricky time to be looking for reinforcements. “There is an urgency that we would like to bring people in but are those players available in January?” he said. “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, he said there were “no excuses” despite the key absences of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic. The former Everton coach bemoaned United’s failure to create enough chances, and said the sending off of Fabio da Silva in the 80th-minute for a challenge on Jose Canas was the game’s turning point, as Wilfried Bony’s header sent Swansea into the fourth round 10 minutes later.
After the game, United midfielder Darren Fletcher was critical of his team’s performance. “It’s a massive blow, let’s not kid ourselves here,” he said. “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 [the field]. Fletcher noted that United needs to respond, and Tuesday’s League Cup semifinal first-leg at home to Sunderland is the perfect place to start.