Manchester United might lose out on top transfer targets this summer
Manchester United’s former assistant manager Mike Phelan claims David Moyes will have a difficult time signing top transfer targets in the market if Manchester United fails to acquire a Champions League berth this season.
Phelan, who used to be the assistant manager of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United till last year, believes his former side could lose out on the top players in the transfer market this summer.
Manchester United’s abysmal season hit a new low on Tuesday when Moyes’ men conceded a 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos on the road in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. It appears as if Manchester United aren’t cut to compete against Europe’s best teams anymore.
The Premier League champions are currently positioned sixth on the Premier League table, 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool. Manchester United’s Champions League hopes hang by a thread, since qualifying through winning the tournament is impossible for them and entering the top-four is starting to turn into a dream.
Phelan has ample Champions League memories with Manchester United since he spent 14 years on Ferguson’s coaching staff and then in his last five years at the club he became the assistant manager. Phelan had to move away from Manchester United since Moyes’ arrival meant he would bring his own coaching staff and team.
Phelan hopes his former club finds its way back into the Champions League, but is confident the Red Devils will find it difficult to find their desired players top targets especially if the club offers no Champions League action next season.
“Playing the Champions League is always an issue,” Phelan told talkSPORT. “You are always going to be in competition with other football clubs for big players, whether you're in Europe or not.”
Phelan claims he has seen Manchester United at its peak and that he understands what top drawer players want. Phelan believes Manchester United will either have to opt for a contingency list for transfers or exercise the financial muscle to bring top class players to Old Trafford this summer.
“It might turn into a situation where David Moyes has two shopping lists -- he'll have one for being in Europe and one for not,” Phelan said. “The attraction to play for Manchester United will still be there, though. They're making the sign that they'll plough money into the market this summer and pay big salaries, so it's an interesting time.”