A stunning World Cup with Germany, though, convinced Los Blancos to pounce
Toni Kroos was ready to become a Manchester United player in 2014 before David Moyes was sacked as manager, leaving Real Madrid to pounce.
That’s according to Moyes, who made the startling revelation on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
Moyes endured an ill-fated spell in charge at Old Trafford for ten months during the 2013/14 season when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson.
After failing to get his primary midfield transfer target of Cesc Fabregas, the Scot brought in trusted lieutenant Marouane Fellaini from Everton to beef up the midfield.
Although the move was originally derided by fans, it transpires United were just a few short months away from completing one of the biggest deals in recent history.
Toni Kroos was lighting up the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich at the time and, according to Moyes, was set to join before his reign was brought to a premature end.
“It is true,” the former Red Devils boss assured Alan Brazil.
“Toni Kroos had agreed to come to Manchester United with me.
“I met him and his wife and we had agreed it all when he was at Bayern.
“But I was only going to get it done before the end of the season, before he joined Real Madrid.”
The Germany midfielder has since amassed a huge haul of trophies at domestic, European and international level. He has won four Champions League trophies as well as the Wolr Cup with Germany.
However, United are currently enduring a barren spell which started as soon as Moyes succeeded the legendary Ferguson.
The 55-year-old believes he should have been given more time in charge at Old Trafford, saying: “To go to a club like Manchester United and follow someone like Sir Alex after the time he had been there, to stay for ten months…
“It couldn’t be a revolution at Manchester United, it had to be evolution. It had to take time.
“I wasn’t going to come in and change all the things Alex had done, but there were lots of things that had to be changed at the club.
“You look at the way Chelsea and Man City had been doing things and changing things along the way – Manchester United had been winning because they had a special manager and a special group of players.
“But when that all changed, it was going to take time to find its way.
“I still think they’re having difficult times at the moment.”