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Manchester United co-owner Ratcliffe prefers investing in emerging talent over big signings

Posted : 19 March 2024

Manchester United's new co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has revealed his preference for nurturing emerging talent rather than pursuing established superstars like Kylian Mbappé this summer. Alongside his team, led by Sir Dave Brailsford, Ratcliffe is gearing up for the club's first transfer window since acquiring a 27.7% stake in Manchester United.


Despite Mbappé's availability after announcing his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, Ratcliffe hinted at a different recruitment strategy, focusing on identifying and signing promising prospects akin to the likes of Mbappé, Jude Bellingham, or Roy Keane.


In an interview with Geraint Jones on his Cycling Club podcast, Ratcliffe emphasized the challenge of seeking out the next generation of football stars rather than resorting to big-money signings for immediate success.


He criticized the notion of splurging on marquee players without addressing underlying issues within the club's recruitment process. Ratcliffe's comments signal a potential shift in Manchester United's transfer policy, moving away from the previous trend of high-profile signings that failed to yield desired results on the pitch.


Ratcliffe's involvement with Manchester United extends beyond transfer strategies, as evidenced by the restructuring of the club's off-field operations. Notable changes include the appointment of Omar Berrada from Manchester City as the new CEO and the recruitment of Dan Ashworth from Newcastle United as sporting director.


While speculation surrounds the future of manager Erik ten Hag, Ratcliffe remained evasive when asked about contacting potential candidates like Jürgen Klopp, who will be leaving Liverpool in the summer. Despite refraining from direct commentary on managerial matters, Ratcliffe expressed admiration for Klopp's ability to instill unwavering commitment in his players, highlighting the importance of effective coaching in achieving success on the field.


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