Man Utd transfer limbo as Glazers leave Murtough in the lurch

Date published: Thursday 10th June 2021 8:11 - Will Ford

Manchester United football director John Murtough is reportedly unable to make any transfer moves for the club as he waits to be told the budget by the Glazer family.

United have been linked with a wide range of players this summer following another trophyless season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is desperate to add quality in key areas.

Reports suggest Solskjaer sees the defence as the priority at Old Trafford, with Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier both said to be of interest.

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The Jadon Sancho furore continues, and the clock is ticking, with Borussia Dortmund again setting a deadline for United to get the deal done.

And the Red Devils continue to be linked with a top striker, with Harry Kane and Erling Haaland both linked.

But speaking to Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, transfer expert Duncan Castles says United’s transfer committee, headed up by Murtough, have not yet been told how much money they will have to spend to revamp the squad.

The Glazer family – who have been protested against in recent months – are still to decide the budget Murtough et al. will have at their disposal.

“The final determining factor, as always, is the Glazers,” Castles said.

“Interestingly I’m being briefed that the football committee, if you want to call it that, does not yet have a clear idea on budget.

“It will depend on what the Glazers approve. That probably comes down to PR perspective of what is seen to have to be spent to appease fans who are literally revolting against the Glazer ownership.”

United finished a distant second to Manchester City in the Premier League and defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final made it four years without a trophy.

Solskjaer admitted after that loss that United needed to bring in players to strengthen both the starting XI and the squad as a whole.

Speaking after that final defeat, manager Solskjaer insisted the club needed to bring in a few new players this summer.

“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine.

“We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer.

“But as I said two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.

“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”


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