Former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath has expressed his amazement that the club didn’t attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer, believing the midfielder would have picked Old Trafford over a move to Chelsea.
Returning to England in June after an indifferent three-season spell with Barcelona, Chelsea’s £30 million capture of Fabregas has earned the praise of numerous pundits since, with his stellar man of the match performance in Monday night’s 3-1 win against Burnley receiving further plaudits.
McGrath, however, insists that the ex-Arsenal captain should have been wearing a United shirt on the weekend instead, and thinks the failure to lands his signature highlights both a lack of ambition and leadership at his old club.
‘I’m sure Cesc Fabregas would have picked Man United [over Chelsea] simply because of the history. Most people believe that United is the bigger club, with the history and everything else,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘It is amazing we can’t get these players. I think it is a lack of leadership on the Manchester United side. The club doesn’t need selling because people want to play for them but it is going out there, getting those players, and doing it quick.’
United have signed Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo thus far for a combined £72 million, with Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria also understood to be a potential target, but McGrath remains concerned that the club has not done more business earlier.
‘I can’t believe this summer, even with Van Gaal away at the World Cup, that they didn’t have things put in place. They seem to be doing business late,’ he said.
‘Manchester United supporters want to see quality players come into the club, the biggest club in the world, and no one seems to have thought about that.’