David Moyes has admitted that Manchester United need players who can slot straight into the team, following Sunday's 4-1 defeat to local rivals Manchester City.

The Red Devils boss said he was "shocked" by his side's performance at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, and is adamant that he will return to the transfer market in the hope of recruiting a couple of first-team ready players.

“I don’t think it’s actually the squad," Moyes told reporters. “We’ve got numbers. Maybe what we’ll be looking to do is bring players in not for the squad but to go right into the team so that’s the slightly different equation.

"It’s not necessarily the squad players we needed. We needed one or two who might have just gone in [to the team]. But that 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 time.”

Moyes endured a frustrating first transfer window at Old Trafford, missing out on a host of high-profile transfer targets.

The Scot eventually settled for his former midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who cost £27.5m from Everton, while the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Leighton Baines all stayed at their clubs.

After Sunday's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, United currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, having picked up a disappointing seven points from their opening five matches.

This evening they host rivals Liverpool in the Capital One Cup third round - and all eyes will once again be on Moyes if he slumps to another defeat.

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