Paul Ince has insisted that appointing a Director of Football at Manchester United could be one of many steps the club could take to help improve their on-field performances.
United, who spent over £100m in the summer transfer window on three new faces – suffered their second defeat of the season on Sunday as the Red Devils were downed 2-0 by West Ham at the London Stadium.
Speaking to Paddy Power, former United forward Ince said that the problems at Old Trafford lie deeper than on the pitch, adding that the role of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also needs to be looked at.
“It’s not about me, Rio, or Gary Neville, pundits who sit on the couch analysing football on TV. That’s not about knowing the game,” the 51-year-old said.
!”What United need is someone who knows where to find Manchester United players, where the hidden gems are, and knows how to get them. Because, currently, United are being held to ransom. Harry Maguire is a terrific player, but £80million? They’re being forced to pay over the odds to get top players.
“What they should be doing is identifying these talents earlier, doing proper research, and getting them for a lot cheaper. That’s not down to one person to do, it’s about the Director of Football and their team – United probably need to hire four or five people who can go out and start building blocks.
“It might take a year or two, but at least they’d be moving forwards. They also need to look at Ed Woodward, what his position is, and what he’s doing to get the club going in the right direction.”
United were criticised heavily after Sunday’s result, with Roy Keane admitting that he was “shocked and saddened” by the club’s performance.
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