Cavani, Kroos, would have signed for Manchester United if Moyes hadn't been sacked, claims Keys

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Former Sky presenter Richard Keys claims a change of boss cost Manchester United two big name stars.

Manchester United took a major change of course when they sacked David Moyes, and nearly all would agree it was for the better.

It has possibly however, meant the club altering their transfer targets, with new manager Louis van Gaal having his own views, and wanting himself to take a look at the team and it's needs.

He confirmed at his opening press conference, that he signed off on proposed deals for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera as they were 'already on the list', but crucially he did not discuss those he decided against.

The biggest potential u-turn focuses on Toni Kroos, who the club were pursuing, before abandoning their efforts after Van Gaal's appointment.

The Dutchman managed Kroos at Bayern, but did not play him in the central midfield role he has recently found increased acclaim with.

Former SkySports presenter Richard Keys has claimed on his personal blog, that Kroos is one of two high profile players who United would have signed had Moyes remained in charge.

"I don't make anything up. I report what I hear and sometimes it has the effect of changing minds. Sometimes events change plans. No Moyes - no Cavani nor Kroos at Old Trafford."

The accuracy of these claims depends on just how good Keys' contacts are, but the two players were certainly strongly linked with United in various newspapers.

Cavani's potential signing, could also have been balanced out with a sale of Robin van Persie - rumoured to be unhappy under David Moyes despite protestations to the contrary.

Van Persie is a Van Gaal favourite, and Cavani will not be a likely signing - with his poor performances at the World Cup for Uruguay easing any potential disappointment of United fans.

While the two signings, potentially Kroos, would have been messages of intent for David Moyes, most United fans would surely agree that missing out on the duo is a price worth paying for getting rid of the Scotsman, who may have struggled to utilise and make the best of them effectively.

Van Gaal will bring in his own big name targets, but it may just take him that little bit longer to clarify who he intends to sign and kick the plans into action - but after seeing the side play two pre-season games, we may be getting closer to that finally happening.

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