Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward has opened up on the criticism aimed at their recruitment strategy, admitting that it has been "dysfunctional" since the retirement of the legendary, Sir Alex Ferguson.
There is the perception at Old Trafford that Woodward and other non-experts are making the decisions over football policy, which he finds plain "insulting". However, there have been concerns over the direction the club is moving in, considering that the Red Devils under manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have undergone the worst start to their season in their history.
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He says claims non-football people make major football decisions are "a myth" and "an insult".
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“There is a myth that we have non‑football people making football decisions, and it’s insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football side in this club. Many of the senior staff on the football side of the club have been in their roles for over 10 years. Some of our scouts have worked with us for more than 25 years," Woodward said as quoted by Guardian.
“We’ve expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this now runs in an efficient and productive way. Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team manager and his staff, not by senior management.”
United are one the very few top European clubs that do not have a Director of Football in their club structure and it will be interesting to see what steps are taken to change their fortunes if they continue to struggle this season.