Manchester United had wanted to sign both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window, according to Gary Neville, who claims inability to land adequate alternatives condemned the club to the disastrous season they have endured.
The reign of Moyes was already maligned before the start of the season as Manchester United tried and failed to recruit numerous key targets before the transfer deadline. Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines were publicly pursued, but only Marouane Fellaini arrived in time.
Juan Mata has since been signed in a club record £37 million deal from Chelsea but, says Neville, there had been even more prominent names on the transfer list of Moyes. Bale, who left Spurs for Real Madrid in a world record deal, was among them as was Santiago Bernabeu teammate Ronaldo, a former Old Trafford icon.
“In the summer, they wanted players of the quality of Fabregas, Bale, Baines and Ronaldo,” said the former Manchester United captain.
“They didn’t end up getting them and that was the problem.”
This summer will present the most important transfer window in a generation for Manchester United, regardless of whether or not Moyes remains in his position. The club are expected to invest heavily on player acquisitions, and it would still appear Moyes will be the man in command of the transfer kitty.
However, reports persist the Manchester United are considering alternatives to their beleaguered manager, while it has been claimed some players are threatening a revolt.