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MUFC new transfer recruitment procedure

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Since 2014, United have been attempting to overhaul recruitment. It has been a long, slow build. Too long and too slow, you could argue. They might counter that theirs were unique circumstances and they were trying to build a system to replace Sir Alex’s brain and charisma, which was pretty much impossible.

But by 2018 they had a team in place that allowed Woodward to be confident enough to say ‘No’ to Mourinho. Last summer, with Solksjaer on board and onside with the model, they felt it was fully operational.

They are confident that after their painstaking rebuild, the structure is as sophisticated as anyone’s. Unheralded names such as Mick Court, a former Loughborough University don and analyst at Watford and Crewe, is the chief technical scout, crunching through data.

He has excelled in the new system. Mark Platt, who works with him, uses their own bespoke software to analyse the market. United, like most clubs also buy in packaged software such as Wyscout to add to their model. Yet, as Graham did at Liverpool, they now have designed their own package which they feel outperforms the standard ones.

Recently club staff were presented with a presentation of how the recruitment procedure works. The idea was to communicate exactly how far United have come, so that the staff at least were clear that it wasn’t Woodward picking out players to buy.

So, before signing Wan-Bissaka, United had data on 804 right-backs around the world. At the start of the process, Solskjaer told the recruitment department what he was looking for. By drawing on the reports of 33 first-team scouts, they produced a list of 50-70 names. With further scouting reports and using their software, they then produced a top 10. The club then applied bespoke video analysis to narrow it to three candidates.

This is the recruitment department. In those final crucial meetings sit Jim Lawlor, who was Ferguson’s chief scout, Bout, Court, Solskjaer and Judge. Woodward isn’t present. It is said Judge doesn’t offer any input on the quality of the players. His only role is as the initial interface with the agents.


So if a player is suggested, he say that he has met the agent and it’s clear the player doesn’t want to move to England; or that he has just signed a new long-term contract but has a buy-out clause which makes him a possible target.

There is a power of veto on either side to add checks and balance to the system and avoid the mistakes of the past. So, the recruitment department has the power to veto the manager if he wants to buy a player, as they did with Mourinho. They can only do so if they can prove that their analysis meant the player didn’t make their top-three list. And the manager himself can veto a candidate put forward by the recruitment department.

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On 20/11/2019 at 17:19, O said:

I think this was just a PR spin by Woodward to make it sound like we're very shrewd and modern.

Absolutely.    Woodbrain threw the management staff under the bus a while back by declaring that he had no input into who comes and goes, and in the next breath said it was all down to the clubs "Incredible back room team".   Van Gaal and Mourinho must still be squirming.

Mourinho chased Wan Bissaka and Maguire for 12 months to no avail.  "There's no more money"  was the excuse. The minute he was gone they both arrived.  But Lukaku had to be sold to fund it.       James comes in for a packet of fags and a bottle of Dandelion and Burdock.

All this talk of scouts is bollocks, a spin smoke screen by the board.    Woodbrain is calling the shots.   He did with with Van Gaal and he did with Mourinho.    Herrera told us all what we already knew......."Sadly football is not the most important thing at United".

Sanchez. Lukaku, Darmian. Smalling. Herrera. Felliani.   All dumped off the wage bill.  2 strikers binned off without being replaced.   2 of our most reliable and experienced midfielders  shown the door and not replaced.     This is not a club restructuring for the future, this is a club accepting mediocrity thus shouldnt be paying a huge wage bill.   Job done.

The acid test will be the Pogba money.   Who will spend it?    And how much of it will they get?

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What's up with peeps, where on earth do you think there's an actual transfer pot, maybe I am more paranoid than many, but with bonus`s I believe its better for the shylocks to get 5th rather than pay the CL qualification bonus.

We get £70m a year unless we sell  GET OVER IT

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3 hours ago, John Locke said:

These were the masterminds behind the decision to not sign a midfielder this summer.

It wasnt for the lack of trying Lockster.    The money from the Pogba sale was available. But they couldnt get anybody in, they simply were'nt interested.  Hence why Pogba was forced to stay.    Bruno Fernandez. Dybala.  Sancho. Rice. Grealish, all refused to talk to United.

We'd already seen Herrera and Felliani fuck us off. The club were desperate to offload Pogba  to fund a midfield refit, that was the easy part.    But getting in the right quality just seen United knocked back at every turn.   Hence why we are seeing far too much of Fred and Perriera.   It wasnt the plan but its had to happen.

An absolute cluster fuck.

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55 minutes ago, TheManc said:

There were many people on here who said we needed a CB more than a midfielder tbf.

Only if Pogba was fit and committed.

Most still wanted an AM.

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48 minutes ago, O said:

Only if Pogba was fit and committed.

Most still wanted an AM.

Everyone wanted more, but that wasn't really my point. CB was most people's priority (after a RB) for some reason.

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9 hours ago, THE BASTARD said:

It wasnt for the lack of trying Lockster.    The money from the Pogba sale was available. But they couldnt get anybody in, they simply were'nt interested.  Hence why Pogba was forced to stay.    Bruno Fernandez. Dybala.  Sancho. Rice. Grealish, all refused to talk to United.

We'd already seen Herrera and Felliani fuck us off. The club were desperate to offload Pogba  to fund a midfield refit, that was the easy part.    But getting in the right quality just seen United knocked back at every turn.   Hence why we are seeing far too much of Fred and Perriera.   It wasnt the plan but its had to happen.

An absolute cluster fuck.

Good coaches/chairman will find a way to recruit someone especially if in an area where we are wafer thin. They had months to plan ahead as they knew herrera was leaving and pogba wanted to leave.

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Indeed.  Thats kind of the point i'm trying to make.      We cant get the quality in because theyre not touching us.     We need a name to manage the club, some cunt who players will want to play for and not just come because we are a cash cow.  

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On 02/12/2019 at 12:22, THE BASTARD said:

Indeed.  Thats kind of the point i'm trying to make.      We cant get the quality in because theyre not touching us.     We need a name to manage the club, some cunt who players will want to play for and not just come because we are a cash cow.  

Is that right that Grealish didn't want to know? Pity because he's the kind of player we would have snapped up back in the day. I can understand Dybala and other continental stars not wanted to come but United used to be the preferred destination for British and Irish lads. What was that Gordon McQueen once said about 99% of players wanting to join United?

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1 minute ago, Albert Quixall said:

Is that right that Grealish didn't want to know? Pity because he's the kind of player we would have snapped up back in the day. I can understand Dybala and other continental stars not wanted to come but United used to be the preferred destination for British and Irish lads. What was that Gordon McQueen once said about 99% of players wanting to join United?

Yeh, and the other 1% are liars.😁

The Grealish story was from his dads Twitter account.   Said United and a few others all made enquiries but Grealish is a Villa boy through and through and had made it clear to his agent that he wanted to play in the prem for Villa for at least a season  and wouldnt be interested in leaving.

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