Gary Neville ‘appalled’ at Manchester United’s strategy in ‘easiest transfer window’, as Sevilla chief expresses surprise they don’t have sporting director

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Gary Neville ‘appalled’ at Manchester United’s strategy in ‘easiest transfer window’, as Sevilla chief expresses surprise they don’t have sporting director

Gary Neville has hit out at Manchester United’s ‘appalling’ transfer window in a scathing assessment of the club’s recruitment strategy.

The United icon, a serial winner during his 20-year spell at Old Trafford, has been left far from impressed with the business his former side have conducted this summer.

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Neville cannot believe his former side’s inactivity in the transfer market

Donny van de Beek has been the only arrival through the door so far after sealing a £40million switch from Ajax earlier this month.

The club’s long-standing pursuit of Jadon Sancho continues to drag on, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly rejecting a £91m bid from United for the England starlet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also keen to tie up a deal for a left-back, with club hierarchy in discussions with Porto about a potential deal for Brazilian Alex Telles.

With Monday’s 11pm deadline looming there is still plenty of work for United to do, with Neville venting his fury on social media about the club’s inability to conclude transfers considering the ‘ample time’ they’ve had.

The only marquee signing United have made is Van de Beek

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The only marquee signing United have made is Van de Beek

According to Neville, United are in desperate need of at least three more signings before the window closes.

“It’s appalling that in this market which is probably the easiest in PL history to get transfers done that United haven’t done more yet!” he wrote on Twitter.

“They must get Ole a CB, LB and Forward pre deadline! The others are managing to get things over the line why not United!”

Meanwhile, Sevilla’s director of football, Monchi, has expressed his surprise that United – one of the most powerful clubs in world football – do not have a sporting director.

The 52-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best talent-spotters and deal-makers in football, having unearthed numerous gems in his current job and previous role at Roma.

In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Monchi expressed his amazement that the the position he works in is not one that exists at all clubs.

“This is my opinion – all clubs should have this position,” he said.

Monchi is one of the best in the business when it comes to his field of expertise

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Monchi is one of the best in the business when it comes to his field of expertise

“What is the main function? To dedicate the time to everything that relates on a sports level. Where 60-70 per cent of the budget is allocated to the first team, if you don’t have a specialist who deals with that, it is very difficult to understand.

“I do understand there are very successful clubs – Manchester United are probably one of the top five in the world, but they do not have that specific position – but I think that clubs more and more are aware that they really need this position and also we are the connection between the technical staff, the squad, the board, we know the ­market, we get lots of information through the different scouts.

“So, for me, I can’t believe a club does not have this particular position. Logically, I have to believe in it because that’s what I do. But I do think it’s essential.”




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