INEOS will be looking at certain Manchester United transfers in recent windows after Erik ten Hag’s latest demand.
The British billionaire will be taking complete control of the sporting side of the club and will be looking to improve all aspects inside and out of Old Trafford.
One of the first major problems to address is how United address the transfer market and who they have in charge of the processes when deciding on signings.
It has been widely reported that Ratcliffe and his team will be bringing in a sporting director, with Paul Mitchell and Dan Ashworth as the favourites for the role. Those two could even work together at Old Trafford, according to iPaperSport, with Mitchell in a head of recruitment role.
However, amongst this news, there has been an interesting update in relation to manager Ten Hag, who still wants to be heavily involved with the club’s transfer business, according to an ESPN source, and he has had a veto since joining the club in 2022.
Many have been critical of the signings of the manager since he came in, with there being many players from the Eredivisie coming in, such as Antony for £86 million, and failing to make a big enough impact.
It has also been reported that Ratcliffe questioned the transfer policy at the club when he visited Old Trafford back in March 2022, citing the previous summer’s acquisition of Casemiro for an initial £60 million as an example of what he views as questionable recruitment.
There have, of course, been good business, particularly the addition of Lisandro Martinez. Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia both come in as solid squad options, and Rasmus Hojlund is a top-class talent.
Yet Sir Dave Brailsford, who is the Director of Sport at INEOS, is said to want to do a complete overhaul of United’s scouting network, but the aforementioned report added that Ten Hag’s veto is written into his contract, so regardless of what Brailsford wants to do, he will have to get the manager’s opinion.
Still, it’s likely that Ten Hag’s influence in the market is made smaller and that can only spell good news for him and the club.
If he is to succeed at Old Trafford, the Dutch manager will need absolute experts working in the transfer domain. However, he is right to want some level of control still. Despite his difficulties in the transfer market, a manager should always be consulted on and included in the process, but not leaned on or depended on.
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