Ed Woodward seems wedded to the ‘cultural reboot’ he is trusting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to oversee.
There has been plenty of criticism of the club since Solskjaer’s taken over and a lot of it has been justified.
But the three signings the club made in the summer have all had an impact and Bruno Fernandes’ arrival should elevate United’s midfield options greatly.
Odion Ighalo was an odd one. But this is a temporary fix and should be discounted from the big picture, as he likely will not be here after May.
So are United moving in the right direction?
Rebooted transfer policy
It could be argued that the pricetags for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and especially Harry Maguire were too high.
That said, all three players have had an impact, give 100 per cent every week and have improved United in areas where it was needed.
Fernandes has not cost the earth either, despite Woodward’s failure to negotiate the price down over the course of the month.
After years of expensive busts, United’s recruitment still isn’t as refined as an elite club should be, but there are clear signs of improvement.
James clearly has work to do, but it is not right to judge him on the last couple of months, just like over-reacting to his sensational first month was wrong. He’s a talent with potential, bought for a bargain price.
In the short term this season, United should be doing a lot better, the points tally is unacceptable, and Solskjaer must take his share of blame. But in terms of building for the future, he is making the right moves.
Deadwood cleared out
Solskjaer has also put an emphasis on clearing underperforming players off the wage bill.
Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo have all left the club under Solskjaer.
Clearing those players out of the club is almost as important as the new blood coming in.
Sub-par players who are not showing the right attitude can drag a dressing room down and Solskjaer appears to have acknowledged that.
Again, a director of football would likely have smoothed this process and might well have meant that Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and more underperformers had left already.
Solskjaer is attempting to oversee an overhaul at United which is slowly taking shape.
The job is only half done, but piece by piece, a team is being constructed. And the parts which have been brought in so far are encouraging.
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