Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believed Mats Hummels was too slow for the Premier League after watching him several times last season, according to The Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor.
Taylor, who is known to have good links with the club was appearing on MUTV’s ‘United in Press’ programme said Moyes was a big fan of the German international but was worried his lack of pace would see him struggle in the Premier League.
Given his decision to seemingly allow both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to leave the club it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if the now Real Sociedad boss was looking to bring in younger defenders had his tenure at Old Trafford lasted beyond the latest transfer window.
When Louis van Gaal became manager of United in the summer, rumours of a move for Hummels sped up again and at one time it appeared a move might not be totally out of the question. But when Borussia Dortmund said the player wouldn’t be sold ‘at any price’ United moved on to Marcos Rojo who would eventually join from Sporting Lisbon.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail was also on the show and said Moyes deemed current Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala ‘not good enough’ whilst the Frenchman was at Porto, leaving Moyes with the defence he inherited when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
United have been heavily linked with a move for Hummels in either January or the summer, so it appears the rumours won’t be disappearing just yet.