Former Bayern Munich Star Agreed To Join Manchester United Five Years Ago
Some Manchester United fans would rather not think about the five years that have followed since Sir Alex Ferguson called it time on his managerial career.
After all, it has been an up-and-down experience at the Theatre of Dreams. Former Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal was able to pick up the FA Cup before he was sacked in 2016, while José Mourinho won the League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield in his first season in charge.
Unlike van Gaal and Mourinho, former United boss David Moyes experienced a turbulent time at the club (though he also won the Community Shield).
The 55-year-old former Everton boss had big shoes to fill when he succeeded the legendary Scotsman, but his ill-fated spell saw him sacked in his first season.
After a summer that linked him with the likes of Leighton Baines, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fàbregas, Moyes failed to land several big targets and his marquee summer signing came in the form of Marouane Fellaini from the Toffees.
However, the former Real Sociedad and Sunderland boss has now revealed that he reached an agreement to sign Toni Kroos five years ago.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder would sign for Real Madrid in 2014, but Moyes had identified him as a replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes.
"Toni Kroos had agreed to come to Manchester United with me," he told talkSPORT.
"I met him and his wife and we agreed it all when he was at Bayern Munich."
Moyes signed a six-year contract with United, but the Scotsman believes that he should have had more time to prove himself at the club.
"To go to a club like Manchester United and follow someone like Sir Alex after the time he had been there, to stay for ten months..." he explained.
"It couldn't be a revolution at Manchester United, it had to be evolution. It had to take time.
"I still think they're having difficult times at the moment."
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