McQueen warns Manchester United fans not to expect big-name signing after failed Fabregas pursuit

The former defender insists that Barcelona would have been "mad" to sell the former Arsenal captain and believes that the purchase of Robin van Persie last summer was a one-off
By Russell Stoddart

Former Manchester United defender Gordon McQueen has warned the club's fans that they may not now see a big-name arrival at Old Trafford this summer.

David Moyes has actively pursued the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas but has thus far failed to add to the signing of Wilfried Zaha - a deal which had already been agreed before the former Everton manager's arrival.

Goal exclusively revealed that the Scot will now turn his attentions to Marouane Fellaini, although McQueen is not convinced that a big-name signing, similar to the purchase of Robin van Persie last summer, will be on the cards.

"United fans have been warned, and they must accept that signings like Robin van Persie are one-offs," he told Goal. "I still don’t know how we managed to get him from Arsenal last season.

"I’m sure David will make a signing or two before the end of the transfer window, with a midfielder the priority, but the fans might be disappointed that it’s not a big name."

Regarding United's pursuit of Fabregas, who made it clear he was staying at Camp Nou despite two failed bids from the Premier League champions, McQueen can understand Barca's stance in not wanting to part with one of their best players.

"As for Fabregas, I think Barcelona would be mad to let any of their best players go and if I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes into his own there this season."

United face Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield on Sunday as Moyes attempts to claim his first piece of silverware as the new man in charge at Old Trafford.