Manchester United wanted to sign Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas last season, according to former manager David Moyes.
Speaking in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Moyes revealed the big plans he and the Old Trafford club had last summer for transfers and claimed that they tried to sign all three of the superstar trio.
"It's been well documented that we wanted Fabregas, Bale and Ronaldo,” said the Scot in the interview.
“There was talk of Ronaldo when I first arrived. We were close to getting a couple of major names."
Manchester United fans have dreamt of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo back at the club ever since his £80million switch to Real Madrid in 2009, so to hear they were trying to sign him again after the arrival of Moyes may change their view of his time in charge.
Bale eventually left Tottenham Hotspur to join Ronaldo at Real Madrid in an £85million deal that broke the world record set by the Portuguese’s move to the Spanish giants.
Fabregas went blue
Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas opted to stay at Barcelona for another season and eventually left for Chelsea this summer in a transfer that reportedly cost in the region of £27milllion.
Manchester United’s only significant addition last summer was that of Marouane Fellaini from Moyes former club Everton, but the £27million Belgium international had a season to forget and the arrival of Louis van Gaal has sparked rumours that he could be sold.
A poor summer for the club led to a poor season and Moyes was eventually sacked after it was confirmed the club would not be getting into the Champions League this season.
Similar failings this summer?
Van Gaal’s arrival sparked hope among United fans that his pedigree could get the team firing again, as well as the addition of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera for big money in the summer, but the Dutchman has suffered similarly to Moyes.
A Premier League opening day 2-1 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday highlighted the squad’s lack of quality in defence and the fact that senior players Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra had not been replaced after they were allowed to leave this summer.