Last updated : 24 August 2004 By editor
David Gill United’s chief exec talks about our transfer policies amongst other things, and sounds none too impressed with some of Fergies signings.

“There is discussion about certain players we might want, but our track record on last-minute purchases is not great. We can all name our favourite bad last-minute signing and we have subsequently had problems getting rid of them.”
"We could go out tomorrow and borrow the money to buy Wayne Rooney for £30-40million but it is bad business to end up with long-term debt for a short-term asset such as a player," said Gill.

"We have invested quite significantly during the course of the season. People forget we spent £12million-plus on Louis Saha in January, and then £14million on Smith and Heinze.”

"In the last two years we have invested over £34million net, even if you include the money we got from the sales of Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham.And over the last five years we have invested £50million more than Arsenal.”

"Can we compete with the actions Chelsea have taken? Of course we can't, and if fans want that, we will have to go private and maybe have someone who doesn't care about the fans."