David Moyes was searching for a marquee signing when he started to build his new-look Manchester United squad after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson and he was quite convinced that Cesc Fabregas would make a switch from Barcelona to Manchester United.

But United watched their several bids rejected for the Spanish midfielder as David Moyes was keen to bring in a creative midfielder to build his completely new-look team, according to a report from Manchester Evening News.

However, Fabregas wasn’t able to hand in a transfer request at Barcelona after Tata Martino was appointed as head coach, which saw him spending one more year at the Camp Nou before joining Chelsea.

“We thought we were taking him to Manchester United,” Moyes said in an interview with Goals on Sunday.

“We spoke to him at the time, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.

“Manchester United are always in for the top players, we were in for the top players at the time. They were in for the top players recently and they will be in for them again.”

Moyes further said he really felt ‘unfairly’ treated by the United hierarchy, who fired him just 10 months into a six-year contract, and went on to aim a thinly-veiled dig at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“There was a new chief executive in place” Moyes added. “David Gill had left which was a real big thing for Manchester United. He was someone who was very important to the club and to how things ticked along at the club.

“In that point, you need to understand football, like David Gill.”

Earlier in January, Moyes told that he “would take the job again” at Manchester United despite his nightmarish previous spell at Old Trafford. Moyes, 52, was appointed as United’s manager to succeed Alex Ferguson between July 2013 and April 2014 before he was fired. The Scot headed to Spain to coach Real Sociedad before he was fired again on November 9

Meanwhile, van Gaal who replaced David Moyes in the managerial hot seat, insists he is in no added pressure as Manchester United manager despite the latest setback at the hands of Sunderland. The Dutchman’s position has been the subject of immense speculation for the last two weeks, but the LVG still remains confident he will save his job.

Manchester United’s Europa League mission, after ousted from the Champions League, begins on Thursday with the first leg of their last-32 tie against Midtjylland in Denmark.