The recent performance Manchester United has had in the transfer market hasn’t particularly impressed pundit Paul Scholes. The former midfielder believes that it is time to designate a certain individual to be in charge of the transfer policy.
In an interview with Gary Neville for the podcast The Overlap, Scholes first reflects on the 2021 summer transfer window, which saw the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sancho cost 85 million euros to purchase. While he hadn’t yet established himself in the Premier League, “that’s a lot of money.” And why would a team like Real Madrid bid Raphael Varane farewell? The prior season, he appeared out of place. It wasn’t a terrific transfer window, in my opinion.
Scholes continues, “I’m trying to recall a transfer window that I did appreciate. It was a mess last summer. It appeared that nobody was in charge of it. At the club, nobody accepts accountability for that. Who makes the decisions: the manager, John Murtough (director of football, ed.), or someone else? We are aware that it can be challenging to draw in players, but someone has to bear responsibility for it. I believe they ought to name someone to oversee the transfer policy. If not, the manager will be held accountable.”
Pundit Paul Scholes questions how much of the transfer policy was truly outlined by Erik ten Hag. Was the trainer also the driving force behind Casemiro’s arrival? He brought in players like Antony, Lisandro Martnez, and Tyrell Malacia, among others. “Casemiro’s transfer took two days to complete this summer. I wonder if the coach authorised that transfer. A sizable sum of money and a protracted contract,” adds Scholes.