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Manchester United target five more Juan Mata-style signings

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Manchester United want to make five more high-profile signings in the mould of Juan Mata, according to the Sunday Times.

The reigning Premier League champions shattered their transfer record when they paid £37 million to land Mata from Chelsea.

The Red Devils are well off the pace in the Premier League title race and are six points adrift of Liverpool who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.

However manager David Moyes is looking to change all that as he looks to overhaul his Manchester United squad and kickstart the post-Sir Alex Ferguson revolution in earnest.

The Sunday Times report that both Moyes and the Manchester United hierarchy view the arrival of Mata as the start of the rebuilding process along with tying Wayne Rooney down to a long-term contract, which they hope to do soon.

Following the arrival of Mata, the Glazer family have reportedly agreed to open their cheque book and finance a mini revolution.

The newspaper claim that a big-money offer has not been made for Luke Shaw although they remain interested in the Southampton youngster.

Also reportedly on Manchester United's transfer hit list is Toni Kroos and Mario Mandzukic, former midfielder Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal - both of Juventus, Inter Milan’s in-demand midfielder Fredy Guarin, Porto’s Fernando Reges and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.

Liverpool's Glen Johnson, who is yet to agree a new deal at Anfield, is also being monitored.

Moyes was in Germany on Friday to watch Borussia Monchengladbach's defeat against Bayern Munich.

The revamp could see a host of favourites depart Old Trafford according to the Sunday Times, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra heading towards the exit.

Both Fabio da Silva and Wilfired Zaha are close to joining Cardiff City on loan.

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