Joel Glazer has given Manchester United fans more optimism regarding transfers after speaking at a fans forum meeting on Friday.
United’s co-owner, speaking via video link in a two-hour call from the United States, admitted the owners were “happy” with the way the summer transfer window went.
United added Jadon Sancho in a £73m deal from Borussia Dortmund. That deal addressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s need for a right winger. The club then went and got a deal done for centre-back Raphael Varane.
The Real Madrid man cost around £41m, while Tom Heaton was a free-transfer signing, before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived for a modest £13.5m. That took United’s summer spending to around the £127.5m mark.
United’s transfer business was certainly a feather in the cap of recently-appointed director of football John Murtough.
And Glazer gave the deals a glowing reference, before revealing there would be more to come.
Glazer said: “The most important thing is always on-the-pitch success. We’re very happy with the summer. We can always improve. There’s always more work to be done.”
At his June meeting with the forum, Glazer set out plans to create a fans’ advisory board and a fans’ share scheme.
Old Trafford upgrades
“We said a few months ago it was important that we expand this Forum to have a more diverse representation of our fan base, and I think we’re taking good steps in that direction,” added Glazer.
“There’s still work to be done. It’s rather complex, I think everyone’s realising as they get deeper into it. But we’re jumping those hurdles.
“We’ll continue to progress, and hopefully bring it to a conclusion in the not-too-distant future.”
The United chief also admitted preliminary work was also under way on plans for significant upgrades for Old Trafford and Carrington.
“It’s going to be a process…and everybody’s working to move that along,” he added.
United spent £20m on improvements over the summer. The work at the ground included improvements to the away dressing room.
The pitch was re-laid at Old Trafford, with new floodlights installed all around the stadium. The barrier seating was also installed in J stand and the stands and cantilever girders were painted and cleaned.
But there are plans for further improvements at Old Trafford and also the club’s training ground which was opened in 2001.