Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United’s record acquisition of Juan Mata from Chelsea was a ‘message of intent’ from the club’s hierarchy as they back new manager David Moyes in the transfer market.
Moyes endured a summer of frustration during his first transfer window as the club’s boss, but January presented a different situation as Mata was recruited for £37 million.
Manchester United do, though, continue to struggle following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, and Mata was forced to taste defeat in only his second game for the club.
Giggs says a dip in form was inevitable following the appointment of Moyes with the club in a transitional period, but adds that the signing of a player of Mata’s calibre proves they will continue to attract high-profile targets.
"I think it was always going to be the case with a new manager coming in with different ideas," Giggs told MUTV.
"Obviously, he's had a good look at all the players here at the moment but wants to stamp his own authority on the team.
"By signing Juan, it's a message of intent really that we are able to go and get great players like that and there are many more to come hopefully."
Next up for Manchester United and Mata will be an encounter with bottom club Fulham on Sunday. Three points is imperative for Moyes, but a win will not be enough to lift the club from their current seventh position.