David Moyes has admitted that he is unsure about Manchester United’s recent transfer policy.
Manchester United have fallen out of contention for the game’s biggest prizes in recent seasons, with a seemingly confusing approach to recruitment seeing the club lose their top-four status.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, all of the clubs permanent managers – David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – have all seemingly had different idea’s regarding player recruitment.
Solskjaer is currently overseeing his first pre-season in charge at Old Trafford, and the signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James indicates that the club will go back to their more traditional philosophy of targeting emerging talent.
Moyes, who faced the unenviable task of being the first manager to replace Fergie, says the club’s move away from their traditional values in strengthening the squad has been part of the reason for their decline.
“For a while it would be difficult to know what direction United have gone in,” he told the Mirror.
“Whether they have been signing players for marketing, which they are fantastic at, or whether it has been signing players for on the pitch, I am not quite sure.
“What Manchester United had was great values and class. Manchester United’s values weren’t always to buy the most expensive players but to do it their way which was bringing in the boys from the academy and picking up the best young players.
“Now and again there would be a sprinkling of stardust, like an Eric Cantona, or someone who they signed to make the difference, like Robin van Persie.
“I never thought they were a club who thought it was all about spending the money, but if they needed to, they could.”