Kenny Dalglish jumps to Manchester United’s defence

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s failures in the summer transfer window has led to some criticism of David Moyes but Kenny Dalglish has jumped to United’s defence in his Daily Mirror column.

Bids to bring Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira all failed to materialise with Marouane Fellaini‘s arrival the only first team addition by Moyes this summer.

Dalglish has pointed to David Gill’s departure rather than the shortfalls of Moyes in his first transfer window as United manager as a major factor in why the club had such poor negotiations this summer.

“The criticism of Manchester United over their transfer window dealings is not entirely fair,” he said.

“New manager David Moyes is still feeling his way and had the strength not to do anything rash, analysing what he had at his disposal before making too many decisions.

“Until now, all the talk was about Sir Alex Ferguson leaving, but people are beginning to realise former chief executive David Gill is a big miss, too.

“This is not a reflection on his successor, Ed Woodward, but I wonder if United might be wishing they had asked Gill to postpone stepping down until after this transfer window to make the transition a little easier.”

Dalglish is right that Gill’s departure was a big blow for the club. If he hadn’t have left his role as chief executive in the same summer as Ferguson, a much bigger fuss would have been made because Gill was a fundamental figure for United behind the scenes.

Woodward’s shortfalls as chief executive were on show for everyone to see and reports suggest that an internal investigation may be launched to find out what really went on.

However, despite a poor window United fans have to remember that this squad won the Premier League last year at a canter and that Moyes has brought in a central midfielder that should, on paper, be a player who could really improve the team.

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