The Man Utd player we missed

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 24th June 2024

David Moyes has revealed how he tried to sign Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay ahead of his final season as the club's manager.

Moyes, speaking to the BBC in his capacity as a Euros pundit admitted that the Scottish international was top of his wish list last summer, before the club signed Ajax's Mexican international Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse from relegated Southampton.

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And he felt the 27-year-old would've been a key component had he managed to complete the deal, which fell through when the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.

"Lots of managers have hard luck stories about players that get away," said the former Hammers boss. "McTominay is one of those for me because I tried to sign him for West Ham last summer.

"It was always going to be hard to replace Declan Rice with any one player when he joined Arsenal, and we were not planning to do that - we wanted to bring in a couple of midfielders instead.

"We bought two really good players in James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, so that was the cover, but Scott was certainly one of the players we had a big interest in as well."

"He is a good all-round midfielder," continued Moyes, "but to me his best attributes are arriving in the area, or the edges of it, at the right time to score or make some chances.

"McTominay was a player who I felt I needed at the time, but we didn’t quite get it over the line and he went on to score a lot of big goals for Manchester United last season instead."

Meanwhile Moyes has been speaking about the impact abuse he received from some quarters of West Ham's fanbase last season took on his mental health.

The Scot was subject to heavy criticism and consistent abuse on social media throughout his final season at the club, which he admitted has affected him.

"It's when things are unjust you start to get annoyed," he told Alan Shearer. "You say 'that's not fair, that's not correct'. We won 1-0 at Fulham and there was a banner saying 'Moyes Out'. And I was thinking 'we've just won here'.

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"There's loads of mental health issues now throughout life and we have to respect all of them. But it seems to be ok to say 'by the way, phone in today and tell us why the manager of West Ham United should lose his job'.

"We couldn't do that in any other walk of life. But it seems to be okay because managers are fair game, they earn good money."

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