Sunderland manager David Moyes has revealed that during his time as Manchester United boss, he was convinced that Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas would join the Red Devils in 2013, but the club reportedly let him down.
The Scotsman endured a torrid time at Old Trafford after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the hot-seat, being sacked by the club after less than one season, and returns there for the first time since then with his Black Cats side on Boxing day.
He was criticised in particular for his activity in the summer transfer market, only signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton on deadline day.
However, according to the Mirror, Moyes has suggested that on arriving at the club, he was promised a whole host of ‘Galactico’ signings, but the club couldn’t get the deals done.
“When I first went in my real target was Gareth Bale,” said Moyes.
“I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player.
“I fought right until the last minute. We actually offered a bigger deal than Real Madrid. But Gareth had his mind made up on going to Real Madrid. That was, in my mind, the player I really wanted to bring to Manchester United.
“The other one was Cesc Fabregas, who we thought we would get right up until the last minute. I remember when I first met Sir Alex and he always said there was a chance Ronaldo might come back.
“So that was the level we were targeting. I was not going out to bring in seven, eight players, because we had a squad which had just won the league.
“Sometimes you don’t get deals done. But I think that, given time and having got to this period, I would have hoped I would be working with a successful team now.”