By Ben Dinnery

10th Nov, 2022 | 3:00pm

Insider: Man United copying Man City as '£100m' transfer cited and multiple deals close

Man United are better off investing money on the data department than big-money signings.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Training Ground Guru reported last week (4 November) that Man United have begun hiring data scientists, machine learning scientists, analysts and engineers for their new-look data department.

The new director of data science Dominic Jordan began his role in March and prior to that the club had no dedicated data scientists.

“I think it shows that there has been a shift in focus internally,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“You don’t have to look too far at their city rivals with Pep. When you look at how they recruit and their extensive backroom staff, they leave no stone unturned in terms of area of development and analysis.

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“It’s all about gaining that edge. Data is very much in vogue at the moment but data has been available for a very long time.

“What you need is people to understand and interpret it and those deliverable action insights. The data has been there but how it is used, if at all, varies from club to club.

“Unless you are gleaning those actionable insights then the data is irrelevant really. You need to be able to pinpoint areas of improvement and tell a story. You need to use it to explain why something’s going right or wrong.

“It’s about being able to eek more from their current players because when you talk about increasing resources for these departments the figures are inconsequential to what you’d pay for a big player.

“As a business, as a club, you cannot keep spending £100million on players season on season because it’s a house of cards that is ultimately going to fall down at some point.

“Whatever you can do internally to get that extra out of what you have is a better place to start than having a high turnover of big signings.”

In other news, Man United are set for an FA charge as controversial Cristiano Ronaldo footage emerges.