West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes David Moyes would have been left dumbfounded this summer as Manchester United backed Louis van Gaal with £150 million in the transfer market - a privilege he was not afforded during a failed stint at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were able to sign six players, including Angel di Maria in a British record deal, during Van Gaal’s maiden transfer window, while Moyes recruited just Marouane Fellaini a year previous, and he did not arrive until deadline day.
Be it down to better planning or greater faith in their manager, Manchester United clearly executed their strategies in the market more effectively with Van Gaal at the helm, and Allardyce claims Moyes has good reason to feel aggrieved.
“If I was sat at home in David’s shoes I would be wondering why they didn’t spend the £150m with me,” Allardyce told The Sun.
“There was a complacency by United in not going out and delivering the signings David felt he needed. Now there’s a panic on.
“He will obviously look at what he might have done better but he should have got the players he wanted and he tells me he didn’t get any of them.
“It was difficult enough taking over from Alex Ferguson but if, when you take over, you don’t get what you want, it’s so much harder.
“It was a great shame because he’d done everything right at Everton and Sir Alex saw the fact he wanted to build at United like he had done at Everton.”
West Ham threat
Allardyce will take his side to Old Trafford this Saturday and, despite this substantial outlay on new acquisitions from Manchester United, West Ham will be confident that they have the ability to record a notable scalp.
Victory over Liverpool last weekend was a significant confidence boost for West Ham, but it was the manner in which they were able to beat last season’s runners-up that will cause the greatest concern for Manchester United.
The inability of Van Gaal’s side to cope with the late pressure of Leicester City as they surged forward in search of goals will provide real encouragement for this weekend’s visitors, and particularly given Manchester United’s leaky and threadbare defence.
After shipping five goals at the King Power Stadium, Manchester United enter into their next encounter with Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Tyler Blackett all unavailable, which could result in the inclusion of under-21 player Paddy McNair.
Meanwhile, only Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton have scored more Premier League goals than West Ham in this fledgling campaign. The weekend’s meeting has the makings of a thriller.