‘Morale low’ at United due to budget cuts – report

Date published: Sunday 31st January 2016 12:01

Manchester United are looking to make budget cuts behind the scenes, but such cut backs are ‘leaving morale low’, according to the Sunday Express.

Despite the club’s value spiralling to around the £3billion mark, the Glazer family are insisting on their employees cutting back and trimming budgets by 15 per cent, according to the Sunday Express.

The Glazers take an estimated £15million a year out of the club, but the first team squad is apparently the only area to survive the cut-backs, with even the academy and scouting departments asked to make savings.

The newspaper quotes an insider as saying: “Few people can understand why this is happening with so much money now coming into the game, particularly at Manchester United. It hasn’t been good for morale.”

United are yet to replace academy director Brian McClair, who left to take a job with the Scottish FA last May, but the Sunday People claim Oxford United boss Michael Appleton has been offered the position.

Appleton, a former United trainee himself, has impressed in his first full season in charge of Oxford, who are third in League Two, but the 40-year-old is apparently now mulling over an offer to reshape a youth system that has fallen behind those of Manchester City and Chelsea.

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