27 Jan 2014

Man U's signing of Mata "first of many"

6:11 am on 27 January 2014

Manchester United's football manager David Moyes says the club-record acquisition of the Spanish midfielder Juan Mata from Chelsea would be the first of many new signings this year.

United completed a move for Mata at the weekend for a reported fee of 74-million dollars, and Moyes is hoping Mata will will help to transform a desperate season that has seen the reigning English champions fall 14 points off the pace in the Premier League and crash out of both domestic cup competitions.

United have also reportedly opened talks with striker Wayne Rooney over a new contract and Moyes says that efforts to improve the squad will continue over the months ahead.

Mata could make his United debut as early as Wednesday morning when Cardiff City visit Old Trafford in the Premier League.