QUEIROZ: UNITED PANIC BUYING
When Manchester United started their business in the summer, recruiting the likes of Memphis Depay, Morgan Schniederlin, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger, it looked the path and we all called it good business.
But after losing out on Pedro - who ended up at Chelsea - and spending so much to sign highly rated youngster Anthony Martial, it was evident that it wasn't a successful transfer window and former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has questioned the club's transfer policy, as he believes the Red Devils are 'panic buying'.
Louis van Gaal’s side spent £108.1m on new recruits this summer, with the former Monaco striker Martial being the most expensive of them all.
"A club like Manchester, with its financial capabilities, the results must be there immediately," Queiroz told The Guardian.
"But we also want to see the players shining. Great players like (George) Best, (Paul) Scholes, (Ryan) Giggs, (Roy) Keane, (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy - where are they? Where are the stars of Manchester United?
Manchester United's Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs celebrate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's winning goal Credit: Michael Steele/EMPICS Sport
"It was always about creating players. Now it is the opposite. And even some of the players that arrived in the team like (Radamel) Falcao and (Angel) Di Maria were on the bench. I saw Di Maria in some games, and he looked like he has never played football.
"There is panic buying. You have to prepare and then make the decisions together. You can still make wrong decisions, but we never made panic decisions when buying players."
Queiroz, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s number 2, believes United have lost some of their identity with the new direction they’ve taken.