Manchester United look set for a huge squad overhaul this summer as the club reportedly looks to bring in several first-team scouts.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s owners the Glazer family have come under enormous criticism over United’s recruitment in recent years.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current squad has been deemed by many objectives to be inadequate for a club of United’s stature, with the Red Devils currently languishing six points behind the Premier League’s coveted top four places.
Much of the blame for that situation has been laid at the door of the club’s transfer strategy, with several big-money flops having failed to replicate the success the club enjoyed before legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in .
Now the club are seeking to rectify that by bringing in several new first-team scouts to scour the world for the finest talent, according to a report from the Daily Mail .
The report says Solskjaer will be given at least one more transfer window to mold the squad he wants, with a major revamp of United’s playing staff looking determined likely.
spent heavily last summer on center-back harry Maguire, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James, but are still some way short of having a squad good enough to challenge for the top honors.
The January transfer window hasn’t gone well for United so far, with Borussia Dortmund having snaffled top target Erling Braut Haaland, who has already scored five goals in two games for his new club after joining from Red Bell Salzburg.
And negotiations over the potential transfer of Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes appear to have hit an impasse with United unwilling to meet the Portuguese club’s £ 90 million valuation.
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The new scouts will report to United’s senior scouting team of Marcel Bout, Jim Lawlor and Simon Wells – and the hope is that they can help the club identify the young talent needed to build a more successful future and return the Red Devils to their glory days.
United visit Tranmere Rovers in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday , before bidding to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City
at the Etihad on Wednesday.
They return to Premier League action next Saturday when they visit Wolves , who two places lower than United in seventh spot but are level on points with Solskjaer’s side.
United fans are planning a mass walk-out in protest against controversial owners the Glazers at the Wolves game.