Moyes: United Were Minutes From Signing BALE

Sunderland coach David Moyes is set to make a return to Old Trafford as The Black Cats take the trip to Manchester to face a red hot Devils outfit.

Moyes, 53, lasted just 10 months as United manager after succeeding his Scottish compatriot Alex Ferguson at the helm in May 2013.

Moyes repeated a claim that he was “definitely unfairly treated” by United and revealed he had missed out on a string of high-profile transfer targets.

“When I first went in my real target was Gareth Bale,” said Moyes. “I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player.

“I fought right until the last minute. We actually offered a bigger deal than Real Madrid.

“But Gareth had his mind made up on going to Real Madrid. That was, in my mind, the player I really wanted to bring to Manchester United.

“The other one was Cesc Fabregas, who we thought we would get right up until the last minute.

Mourane with Moyes

Moyes claimed to be close to signing Bale

“I remember when I first met Sir Alex and he always said there was a chance (Cristiano) Ronaldo might come back.

“So that was the level we were targeting. I was not going out to bring he in seven, eight players, because we had a squad which had just won the league.

“Toni Kroos was agreed to come in the summer. I had agreed it with Toni himself and his agent. Sometimes you don’t get deals done.

“A lot of players come into Manchester United and have not necessarily made the difference.

“But I think that, given time and having got to this period, I would have hoped I would be working with a successful team now.”

United are sitting sixth in the Premier League table ahead of Sunday’s game and chasing a fourth successive league win and eleven games unbeaten, with Sunderland in the relegation zone.

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