Man Utd insiders worried Ed Woodward decision will backfire – despite good intentions

Manchester United insiders reportedly believe Ed Woodward’s grand transfer plan could backfire. The Red Devils supremo has hired a team of eight to help identify talent through the use of data – but some are worried.

Manchester United chief Woodward desperately wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to succeed as manager, having sacked David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho throughout his time at Old Trafford so far.

And he’s reportedly hired a team of eight to help pick out the best talent through data.

United are confident the decision, which will be led by a head of analytics, will see them close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

But The Athletic say that some club insiders are concerned about the new department.

They feel that it might not get the influence it needs in order to really help change things at Old Trafford.

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And they also feel the department will instead be placed alongside the club’s scouts.

Many of those scouts supposedly feel as if they’re already not listened to enough by the United hierarchy.

But Woodward and others at the club feel their decision to intensify scouting through data is a step in the right direction.

When it comes to identifying and signing young talent, United haven’t enjoyed the greatest of success in recent years.

Big things were expected of Memphis Depay when he arrived in 2015 but the Dutchman spent just 18 months at Old Trafford.


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Anthony Martial remains inconsistent, even if the France international has done well enough under Solskjaer.

And wonderkids like Erling Haaland have ended up moving elsewhere.

In fairness to United, their current transfer policy has worked well so far and bodes well for the future.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is improving all the time and looks like he could be the club’s first-choice right-back for the next decade.

Daniel James has impressed since arriving from Swansea, even if his form has waned somewhat.

And teenager Hannibal Mejbri has impressed for the club’s academy, with one source even saying he’s been ‘taking the p***’ out of his team-mates in training.

Meanwhile, United could lose two promising young players from their own academy at the end of the season.

Tahith Chong is reportedly nearing a move to Inter Milan.

And Angel Gomes could follow him out of the door amid transfer interest from Chelsea and Barcelona. 

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