LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and ex-chief executive David Gill helped Manchester United land Juan Mata from Chelsea, according to reports.
Both Ferguson and Gill were pictured at Stamford Bridge during Manchester United’s 3-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea last week, and according to the Sunday Express, the pair teamed up like old times to help secure Mata for a club record £37 million.
The report suggested that Ferguson and Gill made the advanced talks after they got the approval from Man United manager David Moyes “before leaving West London.”
It is understood that after a disastrous summer transfer window in which the EPL champions failed to land any of their prime targets, Ed Woodward, who succeeded Gill as chief executive at Manchester United, was happy to stand aside and allow Ferguson and Gill to do the work in the Mata deal.
At the end of the day, Moyes wasn’t worried about who made it work, he was just happy that another quality player has made their way to Old Trafford.
“I am thrilled, I got wind a month or two ago it could be possible, but I never thought we would pull it off.”