London - Manchester United manager David Moyes has said he's still short of
players ready to go straight into the English champions' first-team and
warned fans to prepare for more days like last weekend's derby defeat.
United were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City, a result immediately billed as a "demolition derby", on Sunday.
speaking ahead of Wednesday's League Cup tie against arch-rivals
Liverpool, said he was under no illusions about the scale of the task
confronting him in succeeding retired United manager Alex Ferguson, who
bowed out with the team winning the Premier League by 11 points last
"It was always going to be tough following such a great
manager with a great team and I think people with real football
knowledge will know there are probably some changes to be made," Moyes
said in comments reported by Britain's national press on Wednesday.
"It is not going to be made in one fell swoop. It is going to be done in time.
"That is why the Manchester United board realised the job that needed to be done was a long-term one.
"There was always going to be days like this and there might well be more days like this," the Scot added.
delayed arrival from Everton meant the only major signing United made
during the last transfer window was Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini
from his old club.
United failed in their attempts to bring Spain
Under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara and midfielders Cesc Fabregas, Ander
Herrera and Daniele de Rossi to Old Trafford.
Leighton Baines remained at Goodison Park while fellow left-back Fabio
Coentrao could not be enticed away from Real Madrid.
think it's actually the squad, I think we've got numbers," said Moyes as
he prepared to face a Liverpool side set to be buoyed by the return
from suspension of striker Luis Suarez.
"Maybe we've got work to do to bring in players not for the squad but to go right into the team.
will happen. But going back to that transfer window, we always said it
was going to be a tough one and it was going to take a little bit more
Moyes accepted that for all his long experience of
football, which he hoped had prepared him for the daunting task of
succeeding Ferguson, nothing could compare to the job of actually being
"I thought I was (prepared) but obviously when you come here then I realise maybe I wasn't," said Moyes.
"It is a club on its own. It is a fantastic place to work with great players.
"But we have to do well enough to make sure people on the outside think the work we are doing is the right stuff," he added.