Rafael has warned Man Utd against signing players for ‘money’


Retrieved 26 April 2020, 17:14 IST

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Manchester United director Ole Gunnar Salsakazar

“Manchester United must make sure they don’t sign players who are just” coming for the money, “Rafael said.

Alex Ferguson has invested heavily in the United playing squad since retiring in 2013, yet they have failed to come close to winning the Premier League at the time.

The lack of clear guidance from a director of football figures and four changes to a permanent manager have made United’s transfer policy largely messy, with fees and significant money failing to spend like Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskazar, the club’s transfer system has improved significantly, with the former United striker making it clear that he will only sign the right players as well as the most talented players.

With the arrival of Daniel James, Aaron One-Bisca, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandez all proving positive over the past year, Salzcazar has confirmed that youngsters from the academy system are still given the opportunity to play alongside expensive signatures.

Despite concerns about market performance during the coronavirus crisis, United have been trying to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jaden Sancho and Tottenham striker Harry Kane this year.

Rafael, a three-time Premier League champion with United, is a fan of both players, but his former employers are convinced that they want to go to Old Trafford for the right reasons.

“It took too long to get back in line,” Leon told ESPN full back. “Seven years have passed [without the title]. We did some wrong things. We start signing expensive players and paying them a lot. I do not agree that the fact that a player spends Rs 150 million does not mean that he is good for the team. It depends on the character of the player.

“They should go for players who want to play for Manchester United, not just because Manchester United will pay you. See Chicharito. [Javier Hernandez]. How hard did he play for Manchester United? He wanted to play. How much did Manchester United pay for it? Not much. You have to be smart. You have to see that the player wants to play for Manchester United.

“Harry Kane is a great goal scorer and Jadon Sancho is very good,” he says. “But first you have to look at the character of the players and see if they really want to do well for United, not just for the money. We did something wrong, but I’m hopeful that we can get back on track now.” At Manchester United, I get to see more of how we used to play and I think we’ll be back to where we were soon. “

United have done well to set the pace for Premier League leaders at Liverpool this season, but Rafael is no doubt the right man to take his old club forward.

“I love Ole. I like the person he is and the manager he is.” “Of course there’s still a lot to do but I think he’s doing it the right way. He’s a man who loves Manchester United and he’s going to do everything he can to help the club. He was the coach when I was with him. And that’s important.

“He’s a man who thinks about Manchester United rather than himself. A lot of coaches never do that, they think about them and the club.”