Manchester United told simple improvement Sir Jim Ratcliffe can make
One key aspect of Manchester United which opens the Glazers up for criticism more than most is their recruitment strategy.
Over the past decade, the Reds have spent vast swathes of money on new players only for many to be later deemed too expensive. Take for instance; Jadon Sancho at £73m, Antony at £82m and even despite his success last season, the £70m spent on Casemiro. All of these deals were unwise for differing factors.
Frustration only grows among the fanbase when they see their rivals spend similar or even lower amounts than United but still manage to find those diamonds in the rough. Brighton and Hove Albion's business in particular has been infuriating when you consider their relatively modest budget in comparison to the Reds.
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It is no surprise then that former scout Marcel Bout has chosen to hit out at United's transfer strategy this week. In an interview with Algemeen Dagblad, Bout raised a crucial concern which has been overlooked previously but could be addressed simply.
He explained: "Manchester United is not only a fantastic club, but also a difficult club. Everything is politically and commercially driven.
"I have been critical (of United) internally. A major annoyance was the long lines (delays) within United to make decisions about interesting players. Other top European clubs now have top players that we had seen early on with the scouting staff."
For a club of United's size to discover they have missed out on players through dawdling is unacceptable. Fortunately the answer to solving this issue is relatively straightforward and can be implemented by Sir Jim