Alex Ferguson says big name Man Utd signings were “really important”

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Former Manchester United manager and current director Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on current Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal for buying some of the world’s best players.

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Speaking to Manchester United TV, Ferguson said that in order for United to succeed they need the best players in the world. Sure, that seems obvious for any team, but Ferguson said it, so…

From the BBC:

“It was really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players,” Ferguson said.

The 72-year-old Scotsman, who won 38 trophies in his 26 years at United, told MUTV: “That’s the way the game is going today with fees likes £85m for Gareth Bale.

“When you can identify ability like that needed by Manchester United, they have the resources to do that.

“Those are fees I never quite equalled but nonetheless they were needing quite a big injection this year.”

You have to think David Moyes reads these comments and wants to karate kick a running lawnmower in frustration. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that if United okayed the purchases or loans of one of he best players in the world (Angel Di Maria) to go with a stable of international standouts (Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera) that Moyes would’ve fared just a bit better?

Even better is Ferguson giving Van Gaal a high-five for handing debuts to a bunch of youngsters, like Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair because “it’s the United way” to give academy players a chance. Listen, SAF: pretty sure Everton, Charlton, Port Vale and the Plumbers Union of Northumberland would play kids if half their team was injured.

What is he supposed to say? I don’t know, but you feel a bit of an urge to take up for Moyes sometimes. Put in an impossible spot of taking over for a guy who basically informed him — not asked — he would be taking the job, Moyes gets to watch as his replacement is lauded for doing things he would’ve done, too, while beating a very easy early schedule.