Man Utd players ‘being asked’ about the club by transfer targets, says Murtough

Rival players are said to be once again asking questions about Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continue in a fine run of form.

United were the dominant side in the Premier League during the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but have failed to top the table since he left back in 2013.

Despite difficult spells under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, the relatively inexperienced Solskjaer has steadied the ship despite not being able to win a trophy.

There has been further room for positivity at Old Trafford with the recent appointment of football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, with Ed Woodward set to leave.

Having reported that Declan Rice spoke to Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw about United, MEN have now added notes from Murtough and Fletcher which adds to their story.

During the latest fans' forum on April 16, Murtough is quoted as saying: ”Darren noted that they had heard that from players going away with England [and] other national teams that people have started to ask questions about Manchester United again."

Having joined United way back in November 2013, Murtough has taken up the top job at the club and will work directly with both Solskjaer and Fletcher.

Murtough has said about future transfers: "The recruitment department need to focus on bringing in players for tomorrow, those who have potential and for today, those who are ready to play for the first team now.

"The scouting team work closely with Ole to produce options for consideration based on the type of profile which Ole feels that the team needs. Ole has a veto, because as a club we will not sign a player that a manager doesn't want.

"The club has always backed its manager in the transfer market. It’s evident from what's gone on over the last two or three seasons that there has been a structured and disciplined approach to player recruitment.

"The transfer market will be challenging in the next 12 months but when the right players are available, which fit our profile, for the right values, will be in and around those opportunities as and when they arise."

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  • Having said after his appointment: “This is such an exciting time for everyone at Manchester United with the first team, Academy and Women’s team all performing strongly, and plenty of development still to come.

    “It’s a privilege to be part of that process, and an honour to lead Manchester United’s football department, working alongside Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], Casey [Stoney] and so many other truly outstanding staff all dedicated to delivering success to this club.”

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