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One Year On: How have David Moyes' signings fared at Old Trafford?

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Most of the blame for David Moyes failure in his reign at Manchester United is attributed to a non existent transfer strategy.

This compounded the fact they were chasing dead ends for most of the transfer window. The Manchester club was often found to be be bidding an absurd price for a player, to snipe United's chances of signing him.

In the end, United made just one first-team signing in the shape of a funky-haired Belgian, Marouane Fellaini. That deal was finalised only in the last minutes of the transfer window.

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He then proceeded to buy the mercurial Spaniard Juan Mata from rivals Chelsea at new year. That deal was controversial and caused much dismay to both sides' supporters .

Now, more than a year after his sacking, United have regained a bit of their pride. Louis Van Gaal has led them to fourth position and qualifying for continental football next season.

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The performances of the players bought by the Scot were mild to say the least.

Juan Mata has been a revelation under Van Gaal and would be an integral figure next season in the No. 10 role he has made his own.

The other big signing of the summer was Maroune Fellaini. While he was insignificant in his first season, he evolved to be more reminiscent of the midfield general he was at Everton.

He was often Manchester United's saviour, scoring crucial goals at many times.

What many don't know is that there were two more signings made by the current Real Sociedad manager.

Those came in as two young right backs by the names of Gulliermo Varela and Saidy Janko.

Two years later, Varela remains a hot property and is sure to be the successor to Rafael on the right side. This is a stark contrast to Janko, who has already left for greener pastures in Moyes' homeland with Celtic.

To be fair, the only failed signing of the 2013/14 season was Alex Ferguson's successor, David Moyes. The Scot was a square peg in around hole for most of his time in Manchester.

He was more suited to be in dire straits at Everton and now is at more familiar areas in Spain with Real Sociedad. The blame for the Mancunians' lowest point tally and league position of two decades was a single factor...

A faulty transfer strategy, and nothing can fix that. Not even spending £150 million each season thereafter.

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