Former Manchester United boss believes the club has lost its traditions


Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has shockingly claimed the Red Devils has deserted tradition in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

The Scot replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in the Summer of 2013, however, was sacked the next April after a horrific run of display which inevitably managed the club to an only seventh place finish.

He said the club had tended to pick British managers and never desired to force themselves in the transfer market that time.

“I can say that’s gone,” added Moyes ahead of his Boxing Day fixture at Old Trafford as a manager with 18th placed Sunderland, for the first time since he was sacked.

“There have been a few changes at Manchester United but that’s the way they have chosen to go.”

“They were a football club who enjoyed traditions with the way they spent,” said Moyes, 

“They didn’t try to compete with all the other clubs. They did what they thought was the right thing to do and spent the right way.

“Maybe that has had to change because of the current situation. [But] Sir Alex [Ferguson] went out and bought wisely and correctly in the transfer market and what he thought he needed to do.”

Moyes also feels he was harshly treated at Manchester United, especially as he went through a disappointing time in the transfer market, succeeding just to get Marouane Fellaini in that first window despite targeting to sign Fàbregas, Bale, Ronaldo and Kroos at Manchester United.

“Toni Kroos was agreed to come in the summer,” Moyes said to the Telegraph.

“I had agreed it with Toni himself and his agent. When I first went in my real target was Gareth Bale. I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player. I fought right until the last minute.”

“We actually offered [Tottenham Hotspur] a bigger deal than Real Madrid [a then world record £85 million – United offered £100 million]. But Gareth had his mind made up on going to Real Madrid. That was, in my mind, the player I really wanted to bring to Manchester United. The other one was Cesc Fabregas, who we thought we would get right up until the last minute.”

“Sometimes you don’t get deals done. Gareth Bale we were probably behind all along, Real Madrid were well in for it.The Cesc one was disappointing. It was very close. And Toni Kroos came up in January – it was done. And I remember when I first met Sir Alex and he always said there was a chance Ronaldo might come back. So that was the level we were targeting.”