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Gary Neville rants about Manchester United’s transfer window


A Manchester United legend has expressed concern over the summer’s transfer strategy, citing two of the signings as key examples to back up his view.

Manchester United are buying six new players in Richard Arnold’s first transfer window as general manager: Tyrell Marasia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eric Sen, Casemiro, Anthony and Martin Dubravka.

Notably, Arnold handed the keys to United’s move to Kitty to new manager Eric Ten Hager, rather than a full-fledged recruitment team.

United’s recruitment in recent years has been seen as embarrassing compared to rival clubs. A director of football was only appointed last year, and his name is Johan Mertoff, who has been with the club for five years.

Murtough and Arnold’s decision this summer appears to revolve around Ten Hag’s preference and knowledge strategy – citing Barcelona player and number one target Frenkie de Jong’s three-month pursuit – which sparked long-term planning for sports operations and quality questioned within the club.

De Jong is expected to be a big-name signing for United and 10 Haig, with sources saying the original budget was around £120million. The Dutch midfielder has remained at Barcelona and United have doubled down on their initial transfer spending plans to land other targets.

Gary Neville on lack of strategy and confusing transfer budget

keep on going ride A debating Xtra fan, Neville expressing his concern saying:

“Manchester United wanted to spend around £130-140m and they ended up spending £230m.

“Obviously we’ve seen it before with the Glazer family – lots of trouble, putting up protests, money being poured into trying to appease fans, basically panic buying.

“The offers for Casemiro and Anthony were made two days before the Liverpool game and it was obviously a time when they just needed to bring the players on board.

“Spending what they’ve already spent wasn’t the strategy at the start of the summer.”

In his latest tirade on Glazer ownership, Neville offers good reason to be cautious about United’s inner workings and decision-making.

The former captain has recently started to attack the American businessman. The Glazers have increased United’s debt to over £600m due to leveraged buyouts, pending dividends, financial mismanagement and neglect.

Even revamping the behind-the-scenes personnel scene, Mertoff and his recruiting team were unable to implement a solid transfer strategy. As Neville pointed out, Goal’s image has been inconsistent and more money is only available after a poor start to the season.

Joel Glazer is said to be an obstacle to cash transfer talks, although defeat at the end of the De Jong saga ultimately led to United spending big and ‘panic buying’ late in the transfer window. He insisted on getting involved in the discussions and approving every deal.

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