The prospect of not playing in the European Champions League next season will not affect Manchester United’s chances of signing new players, according to manager David Moyes.
The English club lost out in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition to reigning champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
Patrice Evra blasted home a long range shot in the 57th minute, but Bayern immediately replied through a Mario Mandzukic close-range header.
Thomas Muller’s scuffed finish put Bayern ahead and Arjen Robben sealed victory by placing the game beyond the Premier League champions.
The loss spelled out a 4-2 aggregate defeat for United, after playing a 1-all draw at Old Trafford.
The ‘Red Devils’ are seventh on the league standing and are unlikely to be in Europe’s elite club competition in 2014-15, but Moyes insists transfer targets know any absence is “not a long-term thing”.
“Any players we’ve quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United,” he stressed.
“The club have never had any problems and everything we’ve talked about, we’re looking to spend the right money on players who are available and it’s not anything to do with the Champions League.”
For most of the first-half, United held off Bayern’s attack, reducing them to speculative chances and even threatened to score a goal of their own at some point.
United stunned the home crowd when Valencia beat his man on the right to cross into the box where the ball was cleared only to fall to Evra, who raced to the edge of the area and rifled a fine strike off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
The Frenchman’s goal celebrations were cut shot as Ribery received the ball on the left flank from kick-off and released Mandzukic who raced ahead of Evra to head his low cross David De Gea.
The Bavarians got a crucial second when Robben’s low ball into the area was turned in from close range by Muller.
The Dutch international then ran across the edge of the goal area, with United’s defenders backing off, to slot home his trademark low shot just inside the post.
“It probably went wrong 30 seconds after we scored,” added Moyes. “If you’re a schoolboy you’re told don’t concede after you score.
“From the kick-off they went up the pitch and scored, we needed five or 10 minutes to compose ourselves. The players didn’t do an awful lot wrong tonight. They played really well but it was just a couple of small errors that cost us in the end.”
Moyes has got between now and the summer to build a more confident team, who can dominate possession and move the ball round the pitch in predatory pace- an attribute currently missing in his inherited side.
All said and done, United face the prospect of not competing in the Champions League next season
for the first time since 1995-96
“We’ve not got Champions League football which is disappointing but the focus now is that we get a team ready to get back in there. It’s a great competition, we’ve really enjoyed it and we need to get back in it. My focus is getting a side together that gets us back into the Champions League.”