It’s time Manchester United did something a little different this summer.
The last few transfer windows under Jose Mourinho were uninspired and showed a lack of forward vision. The club is now paying for it.
There will be big money deals again this summer, with major investment clearly required after a poor season.
United need to complement this by setting aside £15 million to spend on players for the future.
For so long, United have grown used to spending without a real transfer budget, just blindly throwing money around, thrashing around for solutions.
A dedicated transfer pot needs to be set aside to spend on players to replenish the under-23 and under-18 side, and who could even get game time in the Europa League.
United should scour the world for bargains, looking for the best young players who are 19 and under, who they can sign for cut-price fees, looking for the next Tahith Chong.
Around £15 million could be used to bring in as many as six to eight players if spent and divided wisely.
The success of young players is unpredictable, and United need to bring in a group of them, hoping that two or three at least can make the breakthrough.
It’s all well and good looking at top stars, and immediate impact players are needed, but Solskjaer needs to build for the future too.
Setting aside money to spend on under-23 players will show vision for the future and some clear planning. It would be a fascinating project for a director of football to oversee.
It remains to be seen if United have the vision to make it happen, but in terms of cost, it’s small change and potentially rich reward.