Former Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz believes the club are “panic buying” and have no bona-fide “stars”.
Queiroz, now in charge of Iran, was assistant manager at United to Sir Alex Ferguson in two spells from 2002-2003 and 2004-2008 and he believes United are going the wrong way about trying to restore the glory days back to Old Trafford – having shelled out £142million this summer alone.
This week United have spent £36m on Anthony Martial, a 19-year-old striker with just one season’s experience.
Queiroz has also criticised Argentinan playmaker Angel Di Maria, who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain last month for £44million after a disastrous 12-month spell in the Premier League.
“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 (Radamel) Falcao and (Angel) Di Maria were on the bench.
“I saw Di Maria 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,” Queiroz told The Guardian.
“The foundation of Manchester United’s success was based always on trust, confidence, continuity – the values of the club. I think there have been too many changes that disrupted the continuity and tradition of the club.
“There was nothing wrong with building the future based on the principles that were already inside Manchester United created by Alex Ferguson, that was the right direction. OK, I understand that after Alex … the complexity of the transition was not an easy task. I have great admiration and respect for Louis (Van Gaal) and David (Moyes), they are great coaches that I admire but I think they made some critical and crucial mistakes in the transition from Alex.
“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,” said Queiroz.
“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?”