Sir Jim Ratcliffe is looking to overhaul Manchester United’s player recruitment strategy (Picture: Getty)
The prospective new minority owner held talks with United chiefs in March and questioned a recruitment strategy that he believes has undermined the club’s chances of achieving success in recent seasons.
Ratcliffe’s bid to purchase 25% of the club is expected to be voted on during a board meeting on Thursday following the collapse of Sheikh Jassim’s efforts to buy the Premier League giants outright from the Glazer family.
Once confirmed, Ratcliffe is expected to begin work overhauling United’s recruitment team in an effort to fully arm Erik ten Hag with a squad capable of again challenging for major honours.
According to the Guardian, Ratcliffe believes that while United run a successful business operation, they have fallen behind their rivals when it comes to their transfer strategy.
Casemiro was substituted at half-time in Manchester United’s comeback win over Brentford earlier this month (Picture: Getty)
During a presentation attended by United chiefs Richard Arnold and John Murtough, Ratcliffe expressed concerns over a number of high-profile acquisitions with the purchase of Casemiro from Real Madrid highlighted as a less than shrewd signing.
The experienced Brazil international enjoyed an impressive first season at Old Trafford but has found the going much tougher so far this term and was taken off at half-time in United’s dramatic comeback win over Brentford prior to the international break.
Casemiro signed a four-year deal last summer worth £350,000-a-week which played a role in restricting United’s hopes of signing midfield reinforcements last summer.
Chelsea broke the British transfer record to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton, Arsenal spent over £100m on Declan Rice, while Liverpool totally rebuilt their entire midfield engine room.
United, by contrast, were forced to wait until the final day of the transfer window to sign Sofyan Amrabat on loan from Fiorentina.
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The prospective new minority owner is looking to make big changes.