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Gary Neville explains first Manchester United problem Dan Ashworth will analyse



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Gary Neville has stated that he believes Dan Ashworth will make analysing Manchester United’s past transfer missteps a priority upon joining the club.

Currently at Premier League rivals Newcastle, Ashworth is believed to be on his way to Old Trafford, joining United as their new sporting director.

This next step in Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS’ new Manchester United, Ashworth’s decision to follow Manchester City’s Omar Berrada to the club has drawn the attention of former Red Devils defender Gary Neville.

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Speaking to his fellow panellists on the Overlap, including fellow Red Devils legend Roy Keane, the treble-winner revealed that Ashworth will first look at United’s previous errors.

‘He will look back at analysis because he is that type of guy,’ Stated Neville. ‘He’ll definitely look at who has signed off on the players that have been signed over the past two or three years. 

‘Because they’ll be reports there, they’ll be names against who has signed off on players – he’ll definitely do all of that.

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‘He’ll definitely look at things like the players they missed out on, and what was said about those players. 

‘Say, Luis Díaz goes to Liverpool, or Declan Rice goes to Arsenal, they’ll look at what they were we saying about Declan Rice because that historically was a Manchester player, Declan Rice. 

‘The best player in England, who was at another club like West Ham, United would sign that player. To sort of access the staff that are in there now. He’ll be looking at everything in detail, he is so detailed.

‘I do think there will be change – whether that brings success or not, but there will be change in terms of everything that goes on.  And it’s needed. They’ve operated for 10 years without a Sporting Director – with a manager and Ed Woodward, who is predominantly a banker and financier.’

With a sea of big-money mistakes in United’s past, Ashworth will have to take some time to understand the scope of the task placed in front of him at United.

It had been reported that the 52-year-old is drawn to ‘challenges’ by some media outlets.