Iran coach Carlos Queiroz says Manchester United have resorted to panic buying since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford. The Scot decided to end his long career after helping the Red Devils win their 20th league title in May 2013.
The Old Trafford legend was replaced by David Moyes, who arrived from Everton. Under his managerial reign, Marouane Fellaini was the only recognised signing of the transfer window as the Belgium international arrived from the Merseyside club on deadline day.
United struggled under Moyes, who was given a six-year deal. He was sacked just 10 months later and Louis van Gaal was appointed to help the 20-time English champions return to the top. In his two summer transfer windows, the Dutchman made late signings including Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, while Anthony Martial arrived this September.
The Argentine international, who arrived on a British record transfer fee of £59.7m ($90.5m) last year, joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer. Falcao had a disappointing spell and Van Gaal decided against signing the AS Monaco striker on a permanent deal. The former United manager suggests panic buying would have never happened under Ferguson.
"It was always about creating players. 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," Queiroz told the Guardian.
"I saw Di María and some games, he looked like he has never played football. 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."
" 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.
"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?" he asked.