It is no longer news that erstwhile Manchester United manager, David Moyes was considering several players that he hoped would fix the issues he discovered while he stayed on as boss of the Old Trafford outfit. To say the least is that most of these players were actually worthy of a Manchester United spot seeing as two of those signings were completed even after the Scot was fired.
On the back of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, he had recommended the former Everton boss as his successor but as much as Mr Moyes tried, it was obvious that the job overwhelmed him. Many believed that had he been afforded more time, the ‘single season’ boss might just have pulled it off, and this might be true because even when he failed woefully with game tactics, his scouting prowess shouldn’t go unnoticed. It was he who penned down the names of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw both of whom were later signed up this summer.
On Mr Moyes’s list also were, Chelsea’s new boy Cesc Fabregas who was as at then with Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, Real Madrid’s summer signing Toni Kroos and most importantly Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan. The Turkish star although a very integral part of last season’s La Liga winning side, received lesser accolades than his former team mate Diego Costa. It will be recalled that Arda played just behind Costa for most of last season and it was his scheming that actually made the difference for the Spanish Champions.
It was reported that David Moyes was very keen on the Turk and was already planning a £32m bid to price him away from the Spanish outfit. In fact the player’s agent Ahmet Balut reportedly told Haber Vitrini that;
‘Arda is very successful and he is really working self-developing, through hard work. Of course, quite successful bids fromother teams continue to arrive. However we decided together that arda would stay until the end of the season with Atletico. For example, Manchester United had serious offers with David Moyes.’
With David Moyes gone, in came a new manager in Louis van Gaal who definitely will have his own philosophy. Although the Dutch ignored many of the players targeted by his predecessor, he still acquired a notable duo. In fact, even with the exorbitant price tag on Luke Shaw, the new manager while still at the World Cup in Brazil sanctioned the deal.
Ardan Turan would possibly have added some top notch quality into the red devil squad, but the Dutch had since signed Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao who at the moment aren’t doing too badly. Another issue that might have affected the Turk’s signing is his age because with the exception of Falcao who is currently on loan, no other new entrant is above 26 years.