Giuseppe Marotta was man to overhaul United, club abandoned ambitious plan

Every positive step Manchester United take is being undermined by a board which give the impression they simply do not care.

Ed Woodward’s regime is into it’s seventh year of failure, and it is fair to say supporters are restless.

The worst part about the club’s downward trajectory is that there is no end in sight. Ambitious plans for a radical overhaul were abandoned.

The Independent reported in October 2018 how United had made contact with Giuseppe Marotta about a potential role at Old Trafford.

In case that name rings a bell and you can’t place it, he was the Juventus CEO and General Manager between 2010 and 2018, and is now taking on a similar role at Inter Milan.

United were reportedly considering plans to ‘remodel the football structure’ and introducing, ‘a full technical staff, as opposed to just a director of football’.

This would have had the effect of taking Ed Woodward away from the football side to concentrate on commercial aspects, and let proper football men make the decisions which matter.

Photo by Claudio Villa – Inter/FC Internazionale via Getty Images

Marotta the magician

Marotta had just left Juventus in 2018 after overseeing their rise to become a truly indisputable dominant force at the top of Italian football.

He oversaw the deal to sign Paul Pogba on a free, and then sell him back to United for £89 million.

Another free acquisition of Andrea Pirlo and a bargain move for Arturo Vidal highlighted his shrewdness for a deal, something United have lacked under Woodward.

He did not stay out of work for long, and he did not head to Old Trafford. He pitched up at the San Siro instead and is revitalising Inter Milan.

Once again he is working with Antonio Conte, and he is helping his manager sign whoever he wants.

Last summer he told SempreInter: “A great Inter is being born. It is always said that team is a reflection of the leadership and today Inter is a great club, with a solid ownership and long-term vision. The team will follow this. On top of all of this, Antonio Conte is our top player.”

That’s ambition, leadership and unity there all rolled into one. And unlike Ed Woodward’s false bravado which once existed and has now faded, Marotta can back his words up.

You can question the quality of Romelu Lukaku and his targets Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen all day long, but they are the players his manager wants and he is getting the job done.

Inter signed nine senior players in the summer, a mixture of proven bargains like Diego Godin, to young talent Lucien Agoume, and big money addition Romelu Lukaku.

With every transfer negotiation he is front and centre, explaining Inter’s clear objectives. Nobody knows what United are trying to accomplish.

Inter now sit joint top of Serie A with Juventus, with Marotta’s former club facing their biggest title threat for years.

Photo by Claudio Villa – Inter/FC Internazionale via Getty Images

Left with nothing

It is unclear whether Marotta ever had any intent to come to England, or how hard United tried to convince him.

He is not the only candidate who could have led a United overhaul, but he might have been among the best. Looking back it was a big opportunity missed.

Instead, United chose to do nothing. No full scale continental style overhaul, not even a director of football.

And there has been no explanation of that from the board. Instead we just have a power hungry Ed Woodward, who is getting it wrong.

United may be trying to rebuild, but it is not happening fast enough. Three signings was nowhere near the right amount last summer for a squad which was in need of a total overhaul.

Marotta’s Inter have shown it is possible to rebuild quickly. Some of that comes with having an experienced coach too.

But the true driving force comes from behind the scenes, and the engine in United’s battery is running flat, in a banged up motor without a driver.

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