Manchester United owners have reportedly admitted that the delay in David Moyes' arrival has had its affects on the club's poor start to the season.
The English champions saw Moyes replace Sir Alex Ferguson after the latter stepped down from his Old Trafford post at the end of last season. The 50-year-old officially took in charge of the role at United on 1 July.
The Daily Mail claims the Red Devils owners, the Glazers and United hierarchy believes Moyes should have joined the club earlier before July to work on the transfer business. The Premier League winners had a lacklustre summer after managing to add Marouane Fellaini to the squad on the deadline day.
United made attempts in signing former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, Real Madrid duo Sami Khedira and Fabio Coentrao (on loan), Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and last season's Premier League Player of the Year Gareth Bale.
Moyes failed to add any of the players to the squad. However, he was successful in keeping Wayne Rooney at the club, who was a target for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
The former Everton boss has seen United win just two out of the first six games, which has seen them suffer a bad start to the season in the Premier League era. United's lack of transfer activities, coupled with poor performance on the field has seen them sit 12th in the league table with seven points from six games.
This includes United's first home defeat of the season against West Bromwich Albion, a week after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the previous league fixture.
The Premier League champions have traditionally not spent big in January. However, United owners are backing Moyes to bring in new faces to the club during the winter transfer window.
The former Everton boss has already admitted that he is looking to bring in high-class players, who can break into their first team. According to the Express, Moyes will be handed a £80m transfer budget to strengthen the squad in January.
ESPN reports the Old Trafford club are keen on signing Herrera and Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala during the midseason transfer window. Should United manage to land the duo, the addition of these two players in January is likely to bolster their squad.