By Tom Finn
October 14, 2014
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits that the Red Devils needed an injection of talent following his departure if they were to have any hope of continuing their winning ways.
United had a dreadful first season under the management of David Moyes, after whose sacking saw them bring in the Dutch national team manager Louis van Gaal who immediately with the help of Ed Woodward signed Angel Di Maria and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao to bolster the attack while also signing Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw.
United despite an indifferent start to the season find themselves forth in the Barclays Premiership eight points behind runaway leaders Chelsea who are yet to lose a game this season.
When asked if the new signings had helped and especially the British record £59 million fee paid to Real Madrid for Angel di Maria Ferguson told MUTV: “When you can identify ability like that for Manchester United, they have the resources to do that – fees I never quite equalled but they needed a big injection this year.”
On the other signings he said: “Herrera played against us three years ago for Bilbao, he’s a talented young player and we scouted him quite a lot. He’s quite aggressive for a lad who’s not got a great frame.
“I watched Rojo at the World Cup and thought he did well. He’s capable of playing left side or centre back.
“Luke Shaw we tried to get when he was 16. They (Southampton) wouldn’t sell him but they always said we’d be the first to know if he did. He’s a talented boy, good footballer and likes to get forward.
“Daley Blind is a common-sense footballer, a version of Darren Fletcher a few years ago. And Falcao is the one we’re all waiting to see, he’s got fantastic goalscoring ability.”
Despite all the new talent Ferguson was pleased to see van Gaal look to the clubs academy adding: “The rebuilding of the team, they’ve brought in some good quality which is really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players.
“What’s pleased me about Louis is he’s given about seven of the young kids their debuts, which falls into line with the history of the club. I think the supporters will respond well when a young player gets his opportunity.”
The former United boss remains at the club as an ambassador and a director but admits he does not get the number of phone calls from other managers anymore seeking advice.
“One or two do, not many. I think they probably think I’m dead!” he said.