Manchester United have recently struggled to make a big name signing. Have they lost their power to attract top players?
Manchester United have recently missed out on Thiago Alcantara and Kevin Strootman who agreed to join Bayern Munich and Roma respectively, ahead of the Manchester club.
Nevertheless Manchester United are still considered one of the biggest clubs in the world. They are a global brand and still have one of biggest fan bases in the world. They signed Robin van Persie last summer - a signing that proved to be a massive coup.
However, in the past few years under Sir Alex Ferguson United missed out on other big names.
Samir Nasri decided to join neighbours Manchester City instead of United and Eden Hazard also joined Chelsea ahead of the Red Devils.
Players are now choosing different clubs over United because of money, guaranteed first team football and location.
Other clubs such as Chelsea and Monaco are signing players because they are willing to offer higher wages and pay the transfer fees for certain players.
United used to have a clear run at any player they wanted and could monopolise the transfer market but now they face more competition.
New manager David Moyes is desperate for a top midfield player and also wants to make a big name signing to lift the Manchester United fans who doubt he has the reputation to attract such players.
Moyes is replacing one of the best managers of all time in Sir Alex Ferguson and has some big shoes to fill.
Moyes is clearly not as big a name as Sir Alex and this may affect the club's attraction of big name players now and in the future.
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