Former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has criticised the club’s new transfer policy while speaking to the Guardian.
Queiroz had two hugely successful stints at Man United, winning a whole host of trophies as Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man.
The 62-year-old is currently managing Iran but still keeps close tabs on his former club. As someone who knows the club inside out, Queiroz is expecting and hoping for big things from Louis van Gaal‘s men this season.
Speaking about United, Queiroz said: “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.”
His comments come at a time when United are going through a bit of an identity crisis, with many fans accusing van Gaal of not playing the football they have gotten used to.
He added: “A club like Manchester, with its financial capabilities, the results must be there immediately. We also want to see the players shining. Great players like Best, Scholes, Giggsy, Keane, Van Nistlerooy – where are they? Where are the stars of Manchester United?”
United have been extremely active in the transfer market since van Gaal took over but it is clear Queiroz is still unimpressed with the new acquisitions. The ex-Real Madrid manager also had his say on two of the Reds’ big name signings from last year who are no longer at the club.
“It was always about creating players,” Queiroz continued.
“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 María were on the bench. I saw Di María and some games, he looked like he has never played football.”
Queiroz compared the transfer strategy during his time at United to what Van Gaal is implementing now, claiming that the Dutchman is ‘panic buying.’ The signing of Anthony Martial for an astronomical fee on deadline day has many questioning United’s new policy.
There is panic buying. 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.”
Much of United’s success between 2004 and 2008 was attributed to Queiroz, including a league and Champions League double in 2008. As someone who was essential to one of the club’s most trophy-laden periods, his comments about the current set-up is sure to ruffle a few feathers.
There has been a definite shift in the development of players at United, with more youngsters being signed rather than brought through the ranks of the youth system. Queiroz evidently disagrees with van Gaal’s ‘philosophy,’ but time will tell whether the Dutchman can make it work.