Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty says he would never have signed Angel Di Maria.
The club record signing officially left to join Paris St. Germain today and Docherty, who managed the Red Devils in one of their most fondly remembered eras, believes the signing was an expensive mistake.
‘If United think they can afford to take a £14m hit on him then that’s their call, but I would never have signed him,’ Docherty exclusively told RetroUnited.com after being asked what he would have done if the player had gone AWOL under his management.
‘It’s another expensive error after spending nearly £300,000 a week on Falcao last season, too. That was another big money move that didn’t work out,’ The Doc continued, before explaining his disappointment that United have brought in a number of foreign players. ‘You see Chelsea sometimes not fielding any English players and Man City only playing Joe Hart. It’s sad to see United buying foreign so often. If it were up to me, I would introduce a rule enforcing clubs to play British players. It will be a long road back to fixing that mess from here.’
Docherty was speaking at a private signing for the best-selling ‘74/75’ book he co-authored. Limited edition signed copies are available now via this link.
We will have much more from ‘The Doc’ throughout the 2015/16 season.