Can Manchester United attract world-class players?

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If there is anything that the last two summer transfer windows have taught us, it’s that Manchester United no longer has the ability to attract stellar players. 

The Premier League in general seems to be suffering from this lack of appeal, with many players instead opting for the handsome packages that other leagues are now able to offer. 

But Manchester United has especially been hit in the last two summer transfer windows as they have been unable to tempt most of their world class transfer targets to move to Old Trafford.

Last summer, United’s highest profile transfer targets had protracted flirtatious affairs with the team before choosing other destinations. 

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is one such target, who was a top priority for Manchester United. After a drawn out battle however, between Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United, he ultimately opted to sign for Chelsea stating that they had the best project. 

Lucas Moura is another target, who for much of last summer seemed like it was only a matter of time before the then Sao Paulo midfielder became a Red Devil. 

With a last minute offer however, PSG were able to hijack the move, and take the Brazilian to Parc des Princes. That summer Manchester United tried to hijack  a move of their own, by making a last minute move for German striker Lukas Podolski, but even that failed as the German was resolved to working with Arsene Wenger who speaks fluent German.

This summer has been more or less the same story as the last one, with United once again failing so far to land any of their high profile targets. 

Over the last two seasons, United have been interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, but it is now clear that the striker is not interested in moving to Manchester, as he is bent on a move to Bayern Munich at the end of next season. 

Another United target who has already made the switch to reigning European champions Bayern, is Spain’s U21 captain Thiago Alcantara who opted for a switch to the German capital despite heavy interest from United.

Normally people would have been keen to attribute such lack of appeal to the hiring of David Moyes, a relatively low profile coach who has yet to win any tittles, and while that may be partially true, it is important to note that last season United failed to land their high profile targets despite having the legendary Alex Ferguson at the helm.

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