Sir Jim Ratcliffe appoints trusted ally to oversee transfer plan as two Man Utd arrivals delayed

Sir Dave Brailsford has been handed a crucial role in Manchester United’s transfer push this summer by Jim Ratcliffe.

The INEOS owner is targeting an overhaul of the Red Devils’ playing squad this summer. As it stands, five players could depart Old Trafford in the summer at the end of their deals –Raphael Varane being one of them having already announced his exit

Incoming chief executive Omar Berrada and sporting director target Dan Ashworthwere set to spearhead Man United’s current recruitment drive. However, Ratcliffe is still awaiting the pair to arrive at the club.

And in the meantime, he has been forced to look elsewhere for some direction in the transfer market. According to Mail Online, Brailsford has been given a major job at the heart of the club’s recruitment department.

The 60-year-old is reportedly at the forefront of talks with external parties including other clubs and agents ahead of the summer transfer window. Brailsford is a trusted ally of Ratcliffe’s.

He previously held a role as INEOS Grenadiers Team Principal, while he also had influence at Ratcliffe’s other club Nice as INEOS Director of Sport. It is suggested that Brailsford has little experience in thrashing out big-money deals but has been trusted to represent INEOS and the Red Devils in negotiations.

His role is to sell Ratcliffe’s vision of the club to any potential arrivals. Despite that call, not everyone is on board with Brailsford’s current remit. Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness claimed last year that his appointment was an error.

“A big fix is needed at Manchester United if Sir Jim Ratcliffe is to start getting the club back where they should be in 2024. I don’t imagine for one minute he will be investing £1.3billion and then sitting back to watch more of the same,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Delegation will be key. There has been a lot of talk about Sir Dave Brailsford. If Brailsford really had the biggest say at Nice, who have struggled under Ineos ownership, I’d suggest Sir Jim would be better off looking for the best football man out there.

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