Opinion: Manchester United need to push the restart button

Let’s talk about Manchester United and all the changes they need to make during the following summer.

Manchester United had a roller coaster of a season which ended in a 2-0 home defeat to relegated Cardiff City.

They’ve been really poor in the first half of the season under Jose Mourinho, enjoyed fantastic three months when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over but finished the campaign in a disappointing fashion winning only two of the last 12 games across all competitions.

The Red Devils obviously lack quality on the pitch, but they also lack desire. It seems like there are quite a few players that don’t understand what it means to play for Manchester United. They don’t respect the history of the club and don’t respect the fans, or simply – don’t deserve to represent the most decorated club in English football.

United has always been about winning, but we cannot identify one born winner in this Manchester United squad. We all remember the likes of Eric Cantona, Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs…and I could go on. All of them strong characters in the dressing room and fantastic captains, that always demanded the very best out of their teammates.

Well, there isn’t a single player in the team right now, with the same character and winning mentality as these Manchester United legends. There is talent, we are not denying that, but let’s face it – the club lacks a true leader on the football ground.

Before doing any kind of transfer activity, the club must hire the right men to deal with the transfers. Ed Woodward has shown excellent financial and marketing skills, making a lot of profit for the club since his arrival. However, Manchester United doesn’t operate as a football club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

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They’ve never won the Premier League in the past six years, failing to secure a top-four finish four times in the process. Their Champions League meeting with Barcelona last month showed a big difference of class between both clubs.

United seems to be a little bit lost at the moment, to be honest. They don’t know what they want and who they want. The Red Devils have bought four or five left wingers over the past few years, but not a single right-winger.

They’ve failed to buy a defender last summer also, giving Jose Mourinho the excuse that it is not worth to pay a big amount of money for Harry Maguire or Toby Alderweireld. Well, guess what, Manchester United conceded 54 goals in the Premier League this season – their worst defensive record since the league’s rebranding.

That’s why we think that Manchester United need people that understand football. People that will develop a transfer strategy and adopt a philosophy, which will help the club to get back to the top of English football. They just need to understand that immediate success is not happening, push the restart button and take two or three transfer periods to acquire the right profile of football players.

They don’t even have to be big stars, but players that have the right character and are ready to leave their hearts on the field when they represent Manchester United. Modern football is not only about talent, it is also about hard work and desire for victory.

United also need to be a way more efficient in the transfer market. They’ve missed out on many talented players in recent history, with Sane and Bernardo Silva moving to City, Frenkie de Jong signing for Barcelona, while Matthijs de Ligt also rejecting the Red Devils according to the latest reports.

Solskjaer has confirmed he will be looking to sign players that will stay at Old Trafford for many years, but is the current Manchester United board capable to deliver them? We highly doubt it.

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