Ryan Giggs knows more about the inner workings of Manchester United than almost anybody.
Despite leaving the club in the summer after a 29-year association, the former winger still has huge affection for the Red Devils, and has been looking back on what might have been after failing to get the managerial job once again.
Giggs’ only brief stint as United boss came after David Moyes’ sacking in 2014, and he has now commented on exactly what went wrong for the Scotsman.
Following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy, but Moyes still came in for heavy criticism during his reign.
The now-Sunderland chief’s transfer activity was particularly baffling to many United fans, who won’t be surprised to hear that one questionable midfielder – who is still at the club – was effectively a panic buy.
That’s according to Giggs, at least, who writes in the Telegraph:
“Signing Marouane Fellaini so close to the deadline that August, the club’s only major deal in a summer when we needed two or three big names, suggested that things were not running smoothly.
“United had signed players late in the window before – Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 springs to mind – but this time was different. This time it was more of a panic.”
That does suggest that Moyes’ downfall was not entirely of his own doing, as it sounds like he just wasn’t backed by the club. Fellaini, meanwhile, continues to carve out a career at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho may not have enjoyed a dream start at the Theatre of Dreams, but he has at least had plenty of support in the transfer market, so he can have no excuses going forward.
United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday.