31st of May 2011: The date Paul Scholes initially retired and the time Sir Alex Ferguson should initially have started looking for a creative midfielder.
The summer of 2011 and Manchester United start getting linked heavily with Wesley Sneijder for the first time but the price tag at the time was £35 million so Ferguson thought twice about it.
Was he wrong not to sign Sneijder given that he had won the treble with Inter Milan and arguably should have won the Ballon D'or in 2010? I think so but even so he never made his move and so we move on.
The first half of the season passed and with Man Utd trailing their City neighbours it was clear they had made a mistake by not bringing in a replacement for Scholes.
On the 8th of January 2012 Paul Scholes was persuaded to reverse his decision and come out of retirement and take his place back in the United midfield.
So with Sir Alex Ferguson knowing fine well since 2011 that United needed a creative midfield player, can Moyes really be getting the full blame for their current midfield crisis?
A player who Moyes should also have at his disposal is Paul Pogba, who is widely regarded as one of the finest young midfielder players, winning the 2013's "Golden Boy" for the best young player in Europe.
The reason for Paul Pogba leaving? Ferguson will say it was for money as he left to sign for Juventus for £20,000 a week which is more than United offered him.
However the midfielder recently told French TV he left because he wasn't getting enough chances and referred back to United's New Year's Day 3-2 defeat to Steve Kean's Blackburn Rovers where United were down in numbers and yet he still didn't get a game.
“Play me, and I will show you if I’m ready or not”, Pogba revealed he said to Ferguson.
The boss opted to play winger Park Ji Sung and right back Rafael Da Silva in the heart of midfield. So after that Pogba made his decision to leave at the end of the season.
Can anyone really blame his for moving when he would get more playing time and more money? I can't and I believe Ferguson made a huge mistake by letting him go.
What a coup it would be if Pogba was performing like he is at Juventus for United just now and they wouldn't have paid a penny for him. If United Still had Pogba, Morrison and Fryers half of the squad rebuild would be done. So I personally can't blame Moyes for all of what's going on at Manchester United when it was obvious United needed a midfielder since 2011.
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