Man Utd drastically change transfer focus – but Solskjaer gets final say

Manchester United's transfer policy appears to have taken a turn following recent comments made by the club's director of football John Murtough.

In recent seasons, United have moved away from their past habits of signing ready-made players approaching the latter stages of their career by placing an emphasis on youth and the future.

Additions in the past such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Radamel Falcao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic now appear to be a dying trend- with the exception of veteran forward Edinson Cavani.

The recent arrivals of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Amad Diallo make clear the route that the Red Devils are trying to take, despite recent comments suggesting otherwise.

Speaking during a fans' forum on April 16, Murtough was quoted discussing the club's approach to transfers and sent out a mixed message over United's stance.

"The recruitment department need to focus on bringing in players for tomorrow, those who have potential and for today, those who are ready to play for the first team now," he said.

"The scouting team work closely with Ole to produce options for consideration based on the type of profile which Ole feels that the team needs. Ole has a veto, because as a club we will not sign a player that a manager doesn't want.

"The club has always backed its manager in the transfer market. It’s evident from what's gone on over the last two or three seasons that there has been a structured and disciplined approach to player recruitment.

"The transfer market will be challenging in the next 12 months but when the right players are available, which fit our profile, for the right values, will be in and around those opportunities as and when they arise."

United have been linked with a number of players ahead of the summer transfer window, including Harry Kane and Raphael Varane.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that the club can enjoy a more successful window in comparison to last year.

Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles both arrived for the 2020/21 campaign and have both failed to establish themselves as first-team regulars.

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