We are in a really tricky spot right. We have the money and salaries to get top notch talent but our footballing record is really poor. A player like Ashley Young does not need to spend another season dominating Premiership defences, he needs to be taking on Champions League teams. Look what happened to Bale last year. Now people talk about him being one of the best players in the world (which is rubbish though).
Ashley Young might not be a definite starter for Manchester United but he has the confidence to go there and compete. Would we really want him if he was the type to think, “I’m not as good as Nani or Valencia so let me go to Liverpool” – I don’t think so!
Bottom line is we have to get back into the top four and build a swagger image if we want to compete for talent. It is the same for Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. They all lost out on Sanchez because he “wants to play for the best team in the world”. They have to compete against Barcelona and Real Madrid for talent and right now the Premiership is behind La Liga in that battle.