Former Liverpool player, Graeme Souness, has criticised Manchester United’s recruitment process, following their poor start to the season.
Man United brought in Donny van de Beek for £40 million from Ajax, and Edinson Cavani on a free transfer on deadline day, but Souness isn’t impressed with the acquisitions, and has claimed Olé Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t in charge of the transfer process at Old Trafford.
Writing under his column for The Times, Souness said, “I’m still not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making the key football decisions at Manchester United.
“I come to that conclusion on the basis of their recruitment in recent windows. I like Donny Van de Beek, but United didn’t need another No 10 this summer after the success of Bruno Fernandes in the second half of last season.
“That makes me wonder who is sitting round the table, saying: “These are the priority positions.” Did Solskjaer have a say in Van de Beek coming to the club?
“Then they signed a 33-year-old striker on deadline day that everybody knows has been available all year on a free transfer in Edinson Cavani. It was like a rerun of the late loan deal for Odion Ighalo last season.”
Souness added, “Where’s the forward planning?’ he added. ‘United are in that unenviable position where whoever they sign has to come in and perform on day one.
“If you can’t sign your first choices, then hold your nerve and keep your powder dry. Those are important football decisions, but I don’t think football people are making them.’
“The problem is they won’t win the Premier League or the Champions League with non-football people picking the players they sign.”
Souness is a known critic of United and their players, so we’re not surprised at all by his recent attack.
The pundit only a few months ago, compared his achievements as a player with that of Paul Pogba.