Former Man Utd Boss: Things Would've Been Different With These Two Stars
Former Manchester United Boss: Things Would've Been Different With These Two Stars
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes believes his Old Trafford tenure would have been different if the club was able to sign two particular stars.
In the Scotsman's brief spell with the Red Devils, he spent just under £65 million (R1.17 million) on Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, two signings who are now proving to be crucial members of the current first team.
Jose Mourinho recently claimed that the English giants "failed to evolve" under Moyes and Louis van Gaal following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, a statement the former Sunderland and Everton manager does not agree with.
"Jose has his opinion, but there was always going to be a transitional period after Sir Alex's time was over," Moyes said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
"There was a changing of the guard. Not only did I replace Alex, but David Gill had also stepped down as chief executive, and Ed Woodward came in.
"So it was always going to take time. Yes, I took over the champions, but clubs like Chelsea and Man City spent vast amounts of money that summer in a bid to overtake us. And it was difficult for me to go into Old Trafford and rip up the team that had just run away with the title.
"Having said that, things would have been a lot different if we had landed our primary transfer targets. We were in for Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas. They were specific targets, but for one reason or another, we didn't get them over the line. Getting them would have been the perfect start regarding reshaping the squad I inherited.
"Having said that, I accept that when you are the manager of Manchester United, you have to win. I didn't win enough. But I don’t think there is a manager out there who would have been able to do something better or quicker in the time I was given after Sir Alex retired. It was all about small margins."
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