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Sir Jim Ratcliffe reveals Man United transfer plan, with co-owner ruling out failed “solution”



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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has stated that going forward, Manchester United will move away from the transfer plan they have used for the last decade at the club.

Adopting a system that has seen the Red Devils spend big, whilst simultaneously falling to recoup fees of their own, over the last five years only Chelsea have a higher net spend in the Premier League than United.

Across the last decade alone, United have signed five of the twenty-five most expensive transfers in football history, with Harry Maguire, Romelu Lukaku, Jadon Sancho, Antony, and Paul Pogba all making the list.

This summer that is expected to change, with United reportedly preparing to sell as many as eleven players, whilst moving away from spending the ludicrous sums that have become associated with the club.

On the buying side, when asked if United would consider spending in such a fashion, Ratcliffe ruled out such a plan, instead highlighting how such deals would no longer be the club’s “focus.”

“It’s not where our focus is,” Ratcliffe told the Geraint Thomas Cycling Club podcast. “The solution is not to spend a lot of money on a couple of great players. They’ve done that if you look at the last 10 years.

“The first thing we need to do is get the right people in the right boxes in the organising of the club. Then make can get recruitment right. It’s such a vital part of a football club today, getting recruitment right. Which is finding new players.

“You need the right organisation and structure. You need to populate it with the people who are the best in class. Dave wouldn’t profess to ever saying ‘We need to buy that player’. That’s not his skillset, but we need to have that skillset at Manchester United.”

Quizzed further on the matter, Ratcliffe would make explicitly clear that what he wants to do with United is to build and find the stars of the future.

Asked if he may want to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Red Devils, Ratcliffe would instead highlight how he plans to find the “next Mbappe, rather than spend a fortune just trying to buy success.”