David Moyes appears to have a very clear idea as to why he failed as Manchester United manager, frequently centering his argument around the club's shortcomings in the summer transfer market.
He has already spoken at length about his efforts to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur while a bid for Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, both of Barcelona at the time, were well documented.
But no player was linked more than Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos. Reports of Manchester United's interest dominated the sports pages for much of Moyes' 11 months in charge at Old Trafford.
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Kroos was in the centre of a contract disagreement with the Bavarian outfit and Moyes believed he had the chance to take advantage. But he ultimately failed and the German midfielder moved to Real Madrid instead, where he has gone on to become a key part of the team.
Now Moyes has given an insight into why he wanted to sign Kroos so badly, saying he believed he had the ability to replace Paul Scholes in the centre of Manchester United's team. Quite a claim.
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Speaking to The Sunday Times, Moyes said: "I wanted to bring Kroos to Manchester United, from Bayern.
"I thought his range of passing and his ability to play people in would have made him a top United player, maybe Scholes' heir.
"He's gone on and shown at Real Madrid what a fantastic footballer he is," Moyes added.
"Kroos is a special talent, probably the closest thing at this tournament [Euro 2016] to a Xabi Alonso, an Andrea Pirlo or Paul Scholes."
A tough sell
Replacing Scholes was, of course, going to be a huge challenge for whoever succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 and fans are still convinced they need a deep-lying playmaker of his quality if they are to get back to the top of the Premier League.
Louis van Gaal hoped to give the job to Bastian Schweinsteiger on a short-term basis but the veteran German struggled to keep fit in his debut season. New manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with a £100m move for Paul Pogba, who certainly has the potential to replace Scholes.
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