Manchester United crisis with agents trying to take advantage

A new Manchester United crisis is emerging as the club continues to struggle in the transfer market. Andy Mitten in GQ has revealed that: “Rival clubs and agents know there is an air of desperation” at the club. Learn more about the reasons behind the Red Devils’ struggles and how the club’s business paints a worrying picture at Old Trafford.

The latest Manchester United crisis

The cause of the problems

There are several different reasons at the root of Manchester United’s struggles. The club failed to qualify for the Champions League at the end of last season. Not only does this make Cristiano Ronaldo agitate for a move, but it makes the club a less attractive move. Players like Frenkie De Jong and Benjamin Sesko have Champions League football on the table, making the Manchester side, who will be playing Europa League football this season, an unappealing move.

While not a problem in itself, the Carrington-based side’s trophy cabinet and funds contribute to the way agents view Manchester United. With dozens of trophies in the cabinet and hundreds of millions to spend every summer, agents see an opportunity to squeeze higher fees out of the side. A fan base hungry for trophies after being starved of them for five seasons only adds to that pressure.

How these issues affect Manchester United

Agents have noted the situation Manchester United are in and see a significant opportunity. Where Manchester City move on from transfers when prices become too high, such as Marc Cucurella, the Red Devils cannot turn down the opportunity to bring in talented players. That is why the club is linked with players like Alvaro Morata. Despite being labeled something of a flop after his spell at Chelsea, the Spaniard’s interest in playing at Old Trafford makes him unique among Europe’s elite.

The size of the club’s wage bill is another problem for United. Agents know that players earn big wages at the club and see an opportunity for their client to earn more as a Red Devil. Players who are below Champions League standard earn healthy wages at Manchester United. This means that when players good enough to take the club to the next level arrive, they expect even more. Wage inflation is an ugly cycle for the club and means less money available for really great talent.

How Manchester United can progress

Moving on at Old Trafford is a long process. This window is a matter of continuing with the current strategy and hoping that signing their current targets can lead to the Champions League. In the future, a far less reactive system is ideal. This means that you go after specific targets in fixed positions. This means that the club only spends what it needs, rather than investing in fringe players who cost a lot in wages.

More focus on the youth is also an ideal strategy. Clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool and even Leeds United get the most out of their youngsters. Bringing more young players to the fore, especially with the ability to make five substitutions a game, an ideal way to reduce the Red Devils’ reliance on burdensome transfers.

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