David Moyes has revealed that he tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas during his time at Manchester United.
The Scotsman was in charge of an ill-fated seven-month spell at Old Trafford last season where the club slipped from champions to seventh in the Premier League.
But the tactician has claimed that he was let down by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in the transfer market.
“It’s been well documented that we wanted Fabregas, Bale and Ronaldo,” he told The Daily Mail.
“There was talk of Ronaldo when I first arrived. We were close to getting a couple of major names. I’m not getting in a blame game here but things just didn’t materialise.
I had taken over from the most successful manager in history. The chief executive had taken over from one of the most renowned administrators in the game [David Gill]. So it was a new job for two people.
“It was a step into the unknown and, looking back now, it was near enough the impossible job," he added.
“I was devastated to lose the job because it was something I felt I could make a real success of. We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary changes.
“It was going to take time to evolve but we were in the process of making other important changes. In the end, I don't feel I was given time to succeed or fail.”