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United defend summer transfer policy

Manchester United have been forced into the unusual step of issuing a statement defending the club’s summer transfer policy.

That follows an indifferent start to the season under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was heavily criticised for the side’s lacklustre defeat at West Ham last weekend. And the Board has not escaped the flak of the fans either, with Executive Vice-Chairman under fire over United’s dealings in the transfer window in the summer.

That comes under widespread suspicions that commercial imperatives, rather than success on the football field, have been behind some of the club’s recent transfers, an accusation that the United hierarchy are keen to refute, emphasising that the first priority at Old Trafford is to win trophies.

The statement also makes it clear that decisions over transfers are made by the manager and his staff, not by senior management at the club. It further alludes to the as-yet unfilled role of Director of Football, stating that whoever eventually takes the job would complement the recruitment process.

The statement said: Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad, and will continue to do so.”

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