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Carlos Queiroz questions Man Utd transfer policy

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Was Martial a Man Utd "panic" buy?
Was Martial a Man Utd "panic" buy?

Former Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz has claimed the transfer policy of the Old Trafford giants has been exposed since Alex Ferguson retired as the club’s manager.

Queiroz, who enjoyed two successful spells as Ferguson’s assistant at United, has suggested the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been guilty of “panic buying” in recent transfer windows.

United made last a gasp move to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton in the summer transfer window of 2013 and French teenager Anthony Martial for £36m on deadline day last Tuesday, with Queiroz concerned that mistakes have been made by Woodward and the club's most recent managers, David Moyes and current chief Louis van Gaal.

“There is panic buying,” Queiroz claimed in an interview with The Guardian.

“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.

“The foundation of Manchester United’s success was based always on trust, confidence, continuity – the values of the club. I think there have been too many changes that disrupted the continuity and tradition of the club.

“There was nothing wrong with building the future based on the principles that were already inside Manchester United created by Alex Ferguson, that was the right direction.

“OK, I understand that after Alex … the complexity of the transition was not an easy task. I have great admiration and respect for Louis [van Gaal] and David [Moyes], they are great coaches that I admire, but I think they made some critical and crucial mistakes in the transition from Alex.”

Queiroz, who is currently in charge of the Iran national team, went on to suggest United have walked away from their traditions of developing homegrown talent and opted for a more extravagant policy of signing ready made stars such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

“It was always about creating players,” he added. “Now it is the opposite.

“We see some of the best players going down and even some of the players that arrived in the team like Falcao and Di Maria were on the bench. I saw Di Maria and some games, he looked like he has never played football. 

“I hope and expect this season that Manchester United is able to not only compete to win, but to win in style because that is what Manchester United is about - winning with style and entertainment.”