Sir Jim Ratcliffe sets out ‘crucial transfer targets’ pre-Manchester United bid confirmation

Reportedly, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is less than impressed with Manchester United's recent activities in the transfer market and is gearing up for significant alterations at Old Trafford.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to instruct Manchester United’s recruitment team to prioritize homegrown talent once his proposed acquisition of 25% ownership in the club, valued at £1.3 billion, receives approval. With plans to assume control of football operations, Ratcliffe aims to initiate substantial transformations, notably in the club’s transfer strategy.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Ratcliffe envisions a shift towards nurturing more domestic talent to follow the path of the iconic ‘Class of 92’, which boasted players such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and the Neville brothers. Manchester United’s recent history has witnessed substantial spending on foreign talent, yielding both successful acquisitions and costly mistakes in the transfer market. The club’s recruitment, notably post the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson a decade ago, has been widely criticized.

Ratcliffe advocates for a new strategy emphasizing homegrown talent, intending to see more British players in the squad. However, this ambition may face hurdles as fees for British players are often considered inflated compared to players of equivalent skill from abroad.

Significant changes are already underway, as Chief Executive Richard Arnold is set to depart, with Patrick Stewart slated to assume an interim role, less than two years after Arnold’s appointment to succeed Ed Woodward in February 2022. The transition is anticipated to take place before the year concludes.

Football director John Murtough, responsible for United’s transfer market activities, is also set to leave the club, as previously reported by Daily Star Sport earlier this month. Murtough, the club’s inaugural football director, was elevated from his previous position as head of football development and entrusted with overseeing the club’s football functions and strategy.

Manchester United performance and stats

Manchester United

Manager: Erik ten Hag
Rank 6th
Win 14
Draw 2
Loss 10
Goals 36-36
Diff 0
Rank 4th
Win 1
Draw 1
Loss 4
Goals 12-15
Diff -3

Manchester United is currently 6th in the Premier League with 24 points.

In the last 13 games, it has won 8 times and lost 5 times. In its last match, Manchester United won 0-3 against Everton.​​

It has a even goal difference after scoring 16 goals and conceding 16.​

Manchester United will play the next match in Premier League against Newcastle United on Saturday 2nd of December in Newcastle upon Tyne. The prediction is Newcastle United winning the match.​