Manchester United ‘have backed out of signing four players in the last year’

Manchester United ‘have backed out of signing FOUR players in the last year’ as a result of new club policy of deeper background checks into recruits, with Erik ten Hag and John Murtough BOTH needing to sign off buys this summer

  • Manchester United have acted to reduce a decade of wasted money on players
  • Club have spent big but underachieved since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013
  • Hundreds of millions of pounds have been squandered on unsuitable players
  • Reports say the club now carry out deeper background checks on targets
  • This has led to United backing away from pursuing at least four players this year

Manchester United ‘have walked away from signing at least four transfer targets in the last 12 months’ as a result of a new policy of greater due diligence on potential recruits.

During almost a decade of underachievement and five managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, the Old Trafford club have squandered hundreds of millions of players who did not fit the bill.

But efforts have been made to ensure this wastage does not continue as Erik ten Hag begins work as United’s latest manager this summer.

New manager Erik ten Hag (left) and football director John Murtough (right) will reportedly both have to agree on summer recruits at Manchester United

New manager Erik ten Hag (left) and football director John Murtough (right) will reportedly both have to agree on summer recruits at Manchester United

United have endured another dismal season with Ten Hag required to oversee a huge rebuild

United have endured another dismal season with Ten Hag required to oversee a huge rebuild

The Daily Telegraph reported that United have started conducting deeper background checks on players in an effort to identify potential warning signs about their character and temperament before they are signed.

Club sources told the newspaper that this has resulted in at least four potential recruits being struck off their shopping list in the past year.

Ten Hag has already met the recruitment staff as he begins work on the colossal rebuilding job needed to restore United to a trophy-winning force in English and European football.

The Dutch coach has made clear his demands and the Telegraph say any deals for new players will only be progressed if Ten Hag and football director John Murtough are in agreement.

Ten Hag was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager having come in from Ajax

Ten Hag was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager having come in from Ajax

Ralf Rangnick served as United's interim manager last season but was out of his depth

Ralf Rangnick served as United’s interim manager last season but was out of his depth

In effect, both get a ‘tick’ when it comes to recruitment and a player cannot be brought in without the agreement of both.

After United’s transfer negotiator Matt Judge announced his departure from the club, Murtough will be taking charge of the club’s higher profile or more delicate negotiations in conjunction with head of recruitment operations Steve Brown.

The new policy will be put to the test once the summer transfer window opens with United urgently needing reinforcement in several areas following another underwhelming season.

A campaign that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked in November and replaced by an interim manager in Ralf Rangnick ended up with United finishing a disappointing sixth in the Premier League and falling short in the cups.

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is one player United have been linked with of late

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is one player United have been linked with of late

Areas of urgent concern for Ten Hag will include defensive midfield, central defense and center forward.

They have been linked with moves for Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona, ​​Pau Torres of Villarreal, Ruben Neves at Wolves and Jurrien Timber at Ten Hag’s old club Ajax.

As Sportsmail reported last week, United will take a disciplined approach in the transfer market this summer despite a total revenue increase of 29 per cent in the club’s third quarter financial results.

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