David Moyes has refused to accept that Manchester United are not able to sign big players anymore and instead insisted that the number of big players who want to move to Old Trafford is ‘incredible’.
In the summer, United tried and failed to sign Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera for various reasons which led to some questions over whether United’s pull in the transfer market had been weakened – but Moyes refuses to believe it.
“Manchester United are not only the biggest club in this country, but the biggest club in the world,” he said.
“I don’t think any of the aura is fading whatsoever. Some of the results have not been what you would want, but I wouldn’t say the aura is fading – in fact, I think the opposite.
“There is no issue about signing big players – not by my trips and the things I am hearing.
“The number of big players wanting to join Manchester United is incredible.
“Maybe players want to go to other clubs for the money, but if you ask them where they really want to be, which club they really want to wear the badge of, they want to wear the badge of Manchester United.
“It’s because of what this club stands for in world terms – everything about it.
“The share price doesn’t matter whatsoever. Players are not looking at the share price. What they are looking at is the club and what it stands for in football and world terms.
“It is renowned throughout the world, wherever you go, and I don’t see that changing.”
In terms of global appeal, there are few clubs that can compete with United so Moyes is right in that respect but we did look weak in the summer transfer window. However, the money is there and although Sir Alex Ferguson has gone, United’s status hasn’t changed.
You feel that a marquee signing is what Moyes needs to really kick start his tenure as our manager because right now, he is playing with Ferguson’s squad. Hopefully his optimism about signing big players isn’t misplaced.