Sunday Supplement: Manchester United haven't bought well in the transfer market for years

Last Updated: 15/12/13 10:24am

Sam Wallace from The Independent told the Sunday Supplement that Manchester United haven't competed for big players in the transfer market for years.

The reigning champions fell to their second straight home defeat on Saturday to Newcastle after going down to Everton in midweek, making it five losses already this season. The SS panel believe a lot of David Moyes' problems can be attributed to United not competing with the big clubs in the transfer market over the last few years.

Wallace said: "The players have come out of what can only be described as a regime. Most of these players are institutionalised at Manchester United and they've known nothing else.

"I think what's going on is a few chickens are coming home to roost really and I don't think they've bought well for a long time. If you look back at the signing of Carrick in 2006 and look at their transfer policy since then, they've kind of abstained and not competed.

"There's no doubt they've spent money and bought people over the years like Berbatov, Kagawa and De Gea - they've bought players from what I would call habitual selling clubs like Spurs and Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester United's most expensive signings since 06/07 season

  • 06/07 - Michael Carrick £18.6m
  • 07/08 - Owen Hargreaves £17m
  • 08/09 - Dimitar Berbatov £30.75m
  • 09/10 - Antonio Valencia £16m
  • 10/11 - Chris Smalling £10m
  • 11/12 - David De Gea £18.9m
  • 12/13 - Robin van Persie £22m
  • 13/14 - Marouane Fellaini £27.5m

"In those years since 2006 Van Persie was the one 'wow-factor' signing, the one that you would expect Manchester United to make. You look at the turn of the millennium and Veron - alright he didn't work out well - but he was then the leading midfielder in Europe, the next summer Van Nistelrooy, the next summer Rio Ferdinand, that was a transfer policy; what they've done since 2006 has been really piecemeal.

"You heard Ferguson week in week out saying there's no value in the market, that might be the case but if you're Manchester United you have to compete for the best players. They haven't done that.

"Ferguson got everything out of the era (Class of '92) and I'm not sure there's a lot left. There are a lot of mediocre players there. When Ferguson took over in 1986 they were underachieving players, he's left a group of overachieving players."

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