Moyes: I wanted Kroos.

David Moyes has revealed he wanted to bring Toni Kroos to Old Trafford during his time in charge as Red Devils boss.

The German midfield maestro eventually joined La Liga giants Real Madrid from Bayern back in July 2014, and since his move to the Bernabeu, Kroos has won the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

However, while speaking to the Sunday Times, the former Manchester United and Everton manager said: "I wanted to bring Kroos to Manchester United, from Bayern.

"Kroos is a special talent, probably the closest thing at this tournament to a Xabi Alonso, an Andrea Pirlo or Paul Scholes," he told The Sunday Times. "It's the number of times he gets on the ball, his vision, his choice of when to play long or short. He's got a great array of passes and the big thing for me is he tries to make winning passes.

"He tries to make passes that play teammates through. He's not one who just goes sideways and backwards.

"He's a quarterback of a midfield player, who can open you up with one pass, and there aren't many like that. Like Scholes, Alonso and Pirlo, he'll also try and get forward when he can and have a few shots — because he's such a good striker of the ball. He doesn't just sit in front of the back four.

"I wanted to bring Kroos to Manchester United, from Bayern. I thought his range of passing and his ability to play people in would have made him a top United player, maybe Scholes' heir. He's gone on and shown at Real Madrid what a fantastic footballer he is."


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