Scots ex-footballer at centre of TV anti-Manchester United 'agenda' controversy

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United voted against the early closing of the transfer window when it was put to the Premier League past year and feel that decision has been vindicated by the prices being quoted to them by European clubs trying to take advantage of the situation. But I am astonished, astonished that a club of their ilk, a club with their clout, a club that were so far off the pace previous year in terms of the points gap, that they have done little or nothing.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce believes break down in negotiations stopped Manchester United from signing a new centre-back.

The Red Devils have signed Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazil worldwide Fred, FC Porto teenager Diogo Dalot and experienced Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant this summer.

Across town from Old Trafford, Manchester City have signed Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City, with the Australian youngster expected to go out on loan.

The Foxes have been very active in the transfer window with nearly 7 players joining the roster with Johny Evans, James Maddison, Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Perreira the pick of the bunch.

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He shakes his head as he adds: "But to bring nobody in?" It's not the worst in the Premier League by a million miles. As you can imagine my players worked during pre-season so our evolution as a team, evolution in our style of play has to be done in the competition, during the competition and during the spaces we are going to have in between matches. Then you might have half a chance. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available, so I'm not even thinking about that list of players I gave you - Matic, Valencia and so on. "I mean, it's early for that, but I am painting a picture". He's one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels. United said they were happy to be kept informed.

"But he's got great experience, he's been at top clubs, he's been in hard positions before, he's in a hard position now I think, but he needs to try to find a way to get out of it". That's the only thing good enough for them. Reportedly the money was too much, but not by a great deal.

But he was repeatedly linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer after winning the World Cup with France in Russian Federation.

"Twelve months ago they were unprepared to do that deal, it beggars belief".