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Man Utd accused of not “doing their homework” on transfers in damning comparison

Paul Ince has criticised Manchester United for spending vast sums of money on players who have failed to “hit the ground running”.

The Red Devils have forked out just shy of £700million over the last five seasons and the only trophies they have won in that time are the EFL Cup and Europa League in 2017.

The club’s major signing last summer was the £40million purchase of Donny van de Beek from Ajax, but the Dutchman has endured a torrid debut campaign at Old Trafford.

United appointed their first football director, John Murtough, earlier this month in a bid to address their shortcomings in the transfer market.

Solskjaer’s side have been accused of failing to properly lay the groundwork for transfers

Ince claims Murtough faces an uphill battle to assemble a squad worthy of playing for United as he highlighted their marked decline from a team full of “heroes” to a side which has only one.

“When you’re Director of Football at a club like Manchester United, straight away you’ve got to accept that fans want to see players coming in that are fit enough to wear the shirt,” said Paul Ince, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes .

“Too many times in the past we’ve seen players come in and fail. I think when you such big amounts on players, they’ve got to hit the ground running like Bruno Fernandes has.

Ince believes Manchester United have suffered a marked decline
Ince believes Manchester United have suffered a marked decline

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“Man United have always had teams that are full of heroes; from Eric Cantona to Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane to Bryan Robson, but you look at the current team and you’d have to say Fernandes is the only one at that level at the moment.

“The fans love Marcus Rashford; he’s a Manchester boy and I love him as well, but when you look at proper hero footballers, Fernandes is the only one at the moment.

The former midfielder claimed Fernandes is the only "hero" in the squad
The former midfielder claimed Fernandes is the only “hero” in the squad

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“Man United have always had teams full of heroes but right now it’s just Fernandes. They’ve got to get back to that level, where they’ve got the right kind of players, those leaders, across the pitch.

“It’s a tough ask, though. And it’s not a cheap task at a club like Manchester United, which is the challenge John Murtough is going to face.

“As soon as United are interested in a player, another £10million is added to his value.”

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Ince added: “For Man United, they’ve got to do their homework and really spend time studying a player for a couple of years. I understand it’s tough because you always worry that someone else is going to come in.

“But if you keep studying players around the world and you’re doing your homework, you’ll bring in the right personalities. Man United can’t afford to just keep spending £50million on players that aren’t going to hit the ground running.”

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