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‘We Are Going In Right Direction’, Insist Man United

Manchester United have insisted that they going in the right direction over recruitment of players at the club.

The club signed defender, Harry Maguire, from Leicester City for £80 million, doled out £50 million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, and £15 million for Daniel James from championship side, Swansea City, as addition to its current squad.

However, they have endured a challenging start to the season, having lost two, won two and drawn two of their six matches so far in the Premier League.

Some section of the fans chanted “You’re getting sacked in the morning” to manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday.

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Others also have criticized the club for failing to invest adequately in bringing quality players to Old Trafford, while Solskjaer has promoted a number of academy graduates to the first team.

But United in a statement on Monday, explained that the recruitment decisions are made by the manager and his team, not senior management.

The statement outlined that the board prioritises winning silverware over commercial success, and promised to continue to support the club financially.

In the statement, the club emphasized its commitment to appointing a Director of Football; a role that hasn’t existed at United before, saying the appointment would “complement” the Red Devils’ recruitment process.

“Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.

“At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years.

“It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.

“Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical.

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“We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.

“We are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football side. Much of the speculation around this type of role focuses purely on recruitment.

“We’ve materially expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this runs in an efficient and productive way. Many of the senior staff in these roles have been at the club for over 10 years.

“Recruitment recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and the manager and his team, not senior management.

“We feel the players signed this summer demonstrate that this approach is the right one and any future appointment would complement this process. Regarding transfer budget, we have invested significantly in the squad and we will continue to do so.”

The club current lie eight in the league table and they face Arsenal next in week seven of the league.


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