Renewed sports presenter Richard Keys has tried to envisage the 2014-15 Manchester United squad under David Moyes, and seems to have taken an ever so sly dig at new manager Louis van Gaal in the process.
Moyes was sacked as the Red Devils boss in April after failing to ascertain a top-four place in the Premier League. Ryan Giggs, now the assistant manager, took over the first-team duties for the final four games of the season, and Van Gaal was appointed the permanent boss in May.
The Dutchman has made a number of signings in the summer transfer window, most notably of which are Radamel Falcao (on a season-long loan from AS Monaco), Angel di Maria (£59.7 million from Real Madrid), Marcos Rojo (£16m from Sporting Lisbon) and Daley Blind (£14m from Ajax). Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have also arrived from Southampton and Athletic Bilbao for £27m and £29m respectively.
Keys, a former Sky Sports presenter, believes that Van Gaal has been ‘fortunate’ to have been backed with the cash by his bosses and seems to sympathise with Moyes.
‘How fortunate Van Gaal should consider himself that he got ALL the money and MORE that David Motes wanted’, he wrote on his personal website. ‘How different would Utd have looked had Moyes stayed and been allowed the rebuild?
‘Kroos and Fabregas would almost certainly have been playing in red this season. And Cavani. RVP might not have been. He was the one likely to make way for Cavani.
‘I'd have liked to have seen Moyes given a go but others behind the scenes (some not even involved at the club anymore) decided otherwise. Once I started hearing what was happening last season it was better for Moyes to go and let Utd get on with it. Now Van Gaal HAS to deliver’.
United were linked with Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and Edinson Cavani in the summer transfer window, but they failed to get any of them.
While Kroos left Bayern Munich for Real Madrid, Fabregas switched from Barcelona to Chelsea and Cavani remained at Paris Saint-Germain. How realistic would it have been for United to sign these players if Moyes were still the boss?
After all, with no Champions League football and the club undergoing a massive rebuilding project, perhaps not many big-game and world-class players would have wanted to play under a manager who reportedly could not get along well with some of the senior members of the squad last season.
However, Keys’s belief that Moyes should have been given more time at United than he was afforded will be shared by many.
But that’s all in the past. Van Gaal is in the charge of United now, and as Keys says, he has to deliver.