Manchester United have released a statement reiterating the club’s priority is to win trophies, adding the players signed this summer show they are moving in the right direction.
The Red Devils have started the season poorly by their usual high standards and were beaten by West Ham at the London Stadium last time out.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come under fire from fans criticising the club’s recruitment process.
But United have explained that recruitment decisions are made by the manager and his team, not senior management.
The statement outlines the board is prioritising on-pitch glory over commercial success, and has promised to continue to back the club financially.
Finally, the statement alludes to the club hiring a Director of Football – a role that hasn’t previously existed at United, but one they are seemingly keen to fill – saying the appointment would “complement” the Red Devils’ recruitment process.
The statement from a Manchester United spokesman in full:
“Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.
“At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years.
“It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.
“Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical.
“We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.
“We are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football side. Much of the speculation around this type of role focuses purely on recruitment.
“We’ve materially expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this runs in an efficient and productive way. Many of the senior staff in these roles have been at the club for over 10 years.
“Recruitment recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and the manager and his team, not senior management.
“We feel the players signed this summer demonstrate that this approach is the right one and any future appointment would complement this process. Regarding transfer budget, we have invested significantly in the squad and we will continue to do so.”