Kieran Maguire names three players who joined Man United for more money than 'offered by Man City'
Man United are “just one piece from completing the jigsaw” if Richard Arnold can straighten out their recruitment strategy.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Arnold’s priorities as the Red Devils’ new CEO.
The 51-year-old will take over from Ed Woodward on 1 February.
Per the Daily Mail last Monday (10 January), Arnold will take a backseat in the sporting department to focus on commercial operations.
That is in contrast to his predecessor Woodward, whose critics claimed he attempted to spin too many plates during his nine years at the helm.
Maguire claimed that United are still an A1 destination for transfer targets but must use their pulling power more wisely under Arnold.
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“United still have an allure which is attractive to players,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“They are very competitive in wages. Ultimately, Sanchez, Maguire and Ronaldo all went to United for higher wages than they were offered at City.
“That’s indicative of the fact that they are an attractive option. There are enough players who feel that they can make the difference.
“Everybody’s sure that they are just one piece away from completing the jigsaw, it’s just not clear what that piece is.
“It will take a change in strategy because their recruitment strategy is currently being driven by the commercial strategy.
“If you compare them to Man City, their recruitment strategy is not based on star players, it’s about getting the best for each position.”
United’s wage bill currently stands at £354million per season.
They are 7th in the league after surrendering a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa last Saturday (15 January).