Manchester United are ruing the departure of David Gill

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Manchester United suffered a double blow this summer as Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill departed the club.

Ferguson, as everybody knows, stepped down from a managerial role he had held for the last 26 years.

On the other hand, Manchester United's former chief executive David Gill decided to leave Old Trafford in order to concentrate on his work at the Football Association.

Gill is an astute businessman who Ferguson relied on to get the club's transfers completed without any major aggravations.

It was Gill who, with the help of Ferguson, sealed multi-million moves for the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Robin van Persie and David de Gea.

However, this summer has seen Manchester United so far fail to sign anyone of note - after the club reportedly missed out on Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Kevin Strootman.

The Red Devils made three bids for Cesc Fabregas, which Barcelona were quite frankly always going to reject, and made a pointless offer for Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

Manchester United's bid for Baines and Fellaini was said to be around the £28million mark, which was deemed 'derisory and insulting' by the Merseysiders.

The fact that Fellaini's release clause of £23.5million expired at the end of July means United either thought Fellaini is worth a lot less than Everton's valuation of the midfielder, or they expected to sign Baines for £5million - which is a ridiculously low amount for an England international.

The man in charge of this summer's transfer dealings - Ed Woodward - seems to be struggling to replace Gill.

In fact, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez recently questioned the way Woodward has been conducting his business throughout the window.

Martinez, speaking to reporters, said: "I have never seen Manchester United working in this manner before.

"When you want a player you just do the business quietly, you get it done and that's it. I don't know if this is a new way of working at United.

"I don't expect a new bid. In fact, it wasn't even a bid because it never reached any sort of valuation of the players.

"There isn't an offer on the table where anyone would consider anything. If they'd matched the valuation maybe then you would listen to it but that hasn't been the situation."

I highly doubt that Martinez would be so critical of the Premier League champions if Gill and Ferguson were still in charge.

Moyes even said that he may have to use Ferguson to 'attract top players to the club', which takes some of the integrity away from United's current manager.

The majority of Manchester United fans thought that Ferguson's departure from the club was going to be the biggest blow of the summer - but it seems like Gill is proving harder to replace.

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