This certainly seems to be the case in the case of Manchester United, one of the giants of truly global football, with which so many players are linked every day.
Ed Woodward is still in the bad books of many United supporters for his club leadership in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, in many ways. But United’s executive vice president hit the nail on the head when speaking to investors during his last conference call.
Woodward, referring to the signing of the maelstrom of transfer nonsense that United had to go through in January, revealed an interesting fact (and clearly well documented).
He said: “Although he was linked in the media to 111 players in January, our acquisition of only one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step in this direction, demonstrating our commitment to adding experienced recruits world class with an exciting harvest. graduates of the academy who are at the heart of this developing team.
“We will take the same planned and disciplined approach this summer. “
It’s the last part of this statement that is truly intriguing, as the summer transfer window appears on United’s agenda, given the lack of games to prepare.
And that applies to recent transfer ties between United and Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane, as well as to Dutch Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt.
United’s supposed interest in signing the two has been overstated in the media, includes MEN Sport, although he undoubtedly admits the talents of both players.
Who would not do it? They are among the best in the world in their positions. But they don’t seem to suit United this summer.
As Woodward noted, United’s successes in recent transfer windows are the result of a thoughtful and thoughtful approach.
They were linked to Fernandes for weeks before finally negotiating very reasonable fees with Sporting Lisbon. United sidelined instinctive transfer decisions by considering Romelu Lukaku’s replacement, saying no to Mario Mandzukic, when they started looking elsewhere when Newcastle quoted £ 50 million for the midfielder rookie Sean Longstaff. They did not rush to find the heir of Ander Herrera.
Lesson? That sometimes the signatures you do not do it doing can help as much as the players are acquired. United was criticized last summer for bringing in only three players: Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who are said to “miss” hundreds of other celebrity names.
There is no doubt that United extended their net and considered dozens of players for each position, before settling on a shorter list of potential targets.
There’s nothing wrong with that, although United is also turning to their academy for first team stars, as Woodward said: “In addition to the first team signatures, somewhat under the radar , we have also made a number of exciting youth acquisitions over the past year. , reflecting our commitment to attract the best talent to our academy. ”
The academy helps support United, while maintaining its proud record of including local players in the first team, which dates back to the 1930s. It also balances things financially. The moves for Kane and De Ligt, as well as for the authentic targets of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham, are simply not achievable – even for United.
So, despite media reports, despite the temptations, don’t be surprised to see United operate in the same punctilious and picky manner in the summer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought discipline to the United transfer table and so far it has paid off.