Sir Alex Ferguson has reservations over Manchester United’s approach to recruitment and is still disappointed with the decision to let Wilfried Zaha leave the club.
United’s hierarchy have been criticised over recent transfers, spending big on a number of flops, and new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to enact yet another clear out as he tries to rebuild a disjointed United squad.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Ferguson privately pins the blame on the club’s bloated worldwide scouting network, believing ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’.
United have expanded their pool of scouts since Sir Alex left and now have more than 50 full-time scouts filing daily reports, with the data then presented to the manager.
But Ferguson feels having so many different, and often conflicting, reports compromises buys, with £52million signing Fred cited as one such example.
The report also claims that Sir Alex is ‘upset’ by suggestions that he left United’s squad in need of major surgery when he retired in 2013.
In fact, he believes the opposite was true, and is still aggrieved by how badly Wilfried Zaha was treated under David Moyes before subsequently being sold by Ed Woodward while Louis van Gaal was in charge.
Sir Alex felt £15m signing Zaha could ‘spearhead the next generation’, and his opinion has been validated somewhat by the Crystal Palace star’s form in recent seasons, with any suitors now needing to spend upwards of £75m to convince the Eagles to sell.
Ferguson also felt Wayne Rooney was past his best and advised the club to cash in when Chelsea offered £50m, but instead Woodward decided to hand the ageing forward a new long-term contract. The revelations comes on the day that Sir Alex returns to the Old Trafford dugout for one last time in an exhibition match to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the treble-winning season, though his influence behind the scenes has become increasingly diluted.
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