Kenny Dalglish tells Manchester Utd where it went haywire in the summer transfer window

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The ex-Liverpool boss discussed Manchester United losing not only Sir Alex Ferguson, but CEO David Gill also simultaneously.

It was torturous enough for the incoming team boss, David Moyes, but to be paired with a complete rookie in transfer negotiations. new Chief Executive, Ed Woodward was a cocktail for disaster.

The two created a recipe of failed, awkward, and at times embarrassing attempts to secure high profile signings the supporters and the club needed to avoid standing still.

David Gill was incredibly experienced with a notebook brimming with reliable football contacts, agents who could be trusted, and some not. Club chairman he had dealt with previously.

Sir Alex Ferguson would say to Gill, "That is the player I want you to sign," Gill would arrange the finances, the transfer fee, the length of contract and negotiate the players wages.

Taking over at a world wide icon as Manchester United is in a way a curse, following Sir Alex Ferguson a hiding to nothing. But losing an experienced knowledgeable Chief Executive at the same time was a step to far too quickly. That was not David Moyes' fault or his lack of foresight and planning.

Ex-Liverpool manager Dalglish was clear in his support of the 'under fire' United boss, "Moyes will be OK. There is no problem there. It's not as if he's being threatened with the sack. There is disappointment about their results but their standards have been set so high anybody would have been disappointed. I wouldn't be giving him any advice. I've not got a job and he has."

Kenny Dalglish being sensible and reasonable, I'm not one for the football manager's union and free masons, you scratch my back etc. But I can only wholeheartedly agree with Kenny Dalglish, Moyes was being set a nigh on impossible task with the loss of Gill.

However he must take his share of responsibility for the slashing of the experience in the backroom staff, Rene Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele, which while these moves display Mr Moyes is his own man, and he wanted to stamp his authority on the club. He should be aware the seeds you sow, you ultimately reap.

I believe this highly public fanfare of our intended transfer targets ultimately left Mr Moyes as an island surrounded by sharks baying for blood through the clubs public humiliation at being rejected time and time again. It was Moyes' blood that certain section's of the media fanned up to fuel their agenda, that he was not their choice in the first place.

Sadly David Moyes through lack of political acumen and how to utilize the media, to his own advantage as his iconic predecessor had mastered, loaded the gun, took aim and shot himself in the foot.

As Sir Alex Ferguson noted and it's worth revisiting, he asked the fans to stick with David Moyes through thick and thin, that's the job of the fans. No deviation, questioning yes, but not asking for the manager to be sacked after less than three months into a 6 year contract. Folly, to even consider that route, it would Manchester United look weak, for one or two mutinous scurrilous bounty hunters to be validated in having the manager dismissed after a miniscule amount of time to shape the club in Mr Moyes' vision.

It's worth noting the boss is now keeping fans all-onside in referencing that the club's January signings will be players "that are capable of walking straight into the first team."

I felt United last signed a first team player in January was 2010, Anders Lindegaard, prior to that on a permanent basis, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in January 2006.

Possibly Mr Moyes has learnt something along with Ed Woodward, football is a poker game, keep your cards close to your chest, keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer.

Would a convincing run take the heat off David Moyes with five winnable games now on the horizon?

What did you think of Kenny Dalglish's views, do you believe the hyperbole already kicking into gear about Manchester United's - January window signings?

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