Manchester United need to appoint their own transfer guru similar to Liverpool’s Michael Edwards, according to former Red Devils midfielder Owen Hargreaves. Edwards is widely renowned for being hugely influential in some of Liverpool’s top signings in recent seasons. He was promoted into his current role as sporting director in 2016 and has overseen a hugely successful period under Jurgen Klopp.
United have long been linked with appointing a director of football, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward heavily criticised for his movement in the transfer market.
And Hargreaves believes the time has come for that appointment to be made to help bridge the gap to the likes of Liverpool.
“I think you just look at Michael Edwards, what he’s doing at Liverpool, the job he’s done,” Hargreaves said on BT Sport.
“The guy is putting on a clinic every summer in how to sign a player.
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“Look at [Diogo] Jota, who has come in, the impact that he’s had.
“Liverpool had a really good team before Alisson came in and [Virgil] Van Dijk, but you don’t need much then you go and sign one there, one there.
“You go from being a good team to a great team then add Fabinho, Thiago.
“I just think that is the model, so I think you need that guy.
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“It’s not just about the coach. They’ve tried [Louis] Van Gaal, they’ve tried [Jose] Mourinho. I think Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] now, give him time.
“But they’ve got to sort that side out, the recruitment is the only thing that’s going to bridge the gap.”
Meanwhile, United legend Paul Scholes admits some recent signings have not been good enough but isn’t sure if a director of football would solve the problems.
“It’s a role that confuses me,” Scholes said.
“I think since Sir Alex [Ferguson] went, signing players ever since those days has been wrong at times.
“I know for a fact there have been a lot of players Sir Alex would not have chosen.
“It looks like they’re going to go down that route. Whether they do, there’s been many names mentioned.
“Do you have someone from United in the past involved? I know Edwin (van Der Sar) has been mentioned who has done a great job at Ajax.
“I really don’t know what the answer is.”
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