MANCHESTER UNITED have an “inefficient” way of sealing new signings because they don’t have an authoritative figure to conclude deals.
That’s the opinion of transfer expert Duncan Castles, who says the Red Devils don’t have a director of football – meaning all transfers have to go through Ed Woodward and owners the Glazers before they can be finalised.
Castles believes this prevents United from aggressively pursuing targets because too many individuals must have their say.
Revealing the drawn-out process on The Transfer Window podcast, he said: “They don’t have a director of football to improve the recruitment at the club.
“They have Matt Judge who is in charge of negotiating contracts, talking to agents, and doing the information on the financial side of deals.
“Other people make the footballing decisions and ultimately things go through Ed Woodward and the Glazers before approval being granted.
“So it is an inefficient way of working in that you have a person who is the frontman for the club on a negotiation basis who doesn’t have the authority to make final decisions himself.
“The way it’s described to me from people who deal with Manchester United is they have these information-gathering exercises but there’s not the capacity to get deals aggressively advanced during those negotiations.
“They always have to wait for the go-ahead from other individuals before deals happen and that’s the path that Manchester United have chosen to go down.
“I think it reflects the way that the Glazers want to keep control over the purse strings and Ed Woodward wants to keep a degree of control over recruitment decisions at the club.
“They will argue that they’re moving forward and in the right direction but what I can say is a lot of people aren’t convinced that it is the best way to work during transfer deals.”
It could explain why United’s big-money move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has yet to be completed.
The Red Devils are stumbling over their £108million asking price because of the coronavirus-affected transfer market.
Woodward has previously revealed how missing out on Champions League football will not affect their pursuit of Sancho.
But it appears as though United have a plan B after the Atheltic revealed they will look into a loan deal to land Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
Having extensively scouted the winger, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are said to see him as a perfect fit for the team thanks to his direct style – and the player is described as keen to make the move.