Big things are happening at Manchester United. On the field, the Red Devils are having an excellent season with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Casemiro truly scripting performances which were reminiscent of the glory days of the club’s past.
Off the field though, the excitement stems from a looming takeover as the Glazers prepare either for a partial or complete sale (or no sale at all if some reports are to be believed). One way or another, change is in the air for the side, and it appears that things are changing even before any money changes hands.
As per the Telegraph, Manchester United have hired Matt Hargreaves to a key position in the side’s recruitment hierarchy. It is understood that the Adidas executive is a direct replacement for the departing Matt Judge, who oversaw transfer negotiations during the much-spoken-about Ed Woodward era.
The report adds that Hargreaves will be working from Carrington and is expected to fulfil his duties before the summer transfer window. This alone points to the possibility of a more fan-friendly and club-centric mindset, although time alone will tell for sure.
What time will also tell, interestingly, is whether or not these individuals survive any potential takeover. Both the Qatari bid and that of Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to bring major changes to the club, if successful, and it is interesting to see whether such high-profile changes are a tactic on the part of the Glazers as the intricacies of the sale are being worked out. Reports firmly indicate that no side (there are around eight interested parties in total) has met the bid that the Glazers have put forward.
Fans are understandably anxious about what this means for their transfer window.