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‘He’ll weed them out…’ Ben Foster puts “selfish” Man United players on watch ahead of Dan Ashworth arrival



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Ex-Manchester United keeper Ben Foster has warned the current squad that Dan Ashworth will remove anyone who stands in the way of success at the club.

Placed on gardening leave by Newcastle United, Ashworth, 52, is believed to be set to become Manchester United’s new sporting director.

Though United are yet to make a formal approach for Ashworth, Newcastle have released a statement confirming that the sporting director has chosen to leave.

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It had been suggested by Gary Neville that Ashworth will first look into transfer missteps, but Foster, who worked with Ashworth at West Brom, believes he will instead look inwards at those currently at the club.

“I promise you. It doesn’t matter how good they are on the pitch. Dan Ashworth will go in there and talk to everybody he can possibly talk to,” Foster told The United Stand.

“He’ll talk to the players, he’ll talk to everybody throughout that football club, and he’ll find out who the d*ckheads are. He’ll weed them out, I promise you, and they won’t have a future at Manchester United.

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“It doesn’t matter how good they are, it doesn’t matter if they are a star player on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon. That d*ckhead will have a negative effect on the football team, week to week to week, and he will get rid of that.

“He will keep the good guys around. So if you’re a 35-year-old, you’ve got no real resale value, nothing. But, you’re a really good egg; you’re great around the place. You set the standards for all the other lads, and you might play twelve to fifteen games a season.

“He’ll keep you around, because he knows that what people will look up to and go ‘that’s what I want to aspire to be, that level of professional, that level of a good person.’

“He’ll keep those guys around, so they’re safe. But the ones who are selfish, unprofessional, not team players, you better watch your backs.”

Alongside Ashworth, United are believed to be targeting several options from around England to fill various other staff roles.

It had been reported last week that United were looking at Southampton’s Jason Wilcox, whilst Brighton’s Sam Jewell is also believed to be admired by the club.