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Ralf Rangnick has warned Manchester United they could spend years in the wilderness unless they sort out their recruitment strategy, pronto.
The German manager, who will take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford once his interim spell in charge comes to an end next month, has urged the club to learn from Liverpool – who were catapulted to the top of English and European football following a series of well thought out purchases and sales.
United travel to Anfield on Tuesday with Jurgen Klopp’s men aiming for a second title in three years following a 30-year barren spell, and Rangnick believes that unless United sort out a scattergun policy on player recruitment they could be facing a similarly long spell without success, reports ExpressSport.
The Red Devils have veered wildly between big name signings towards the end of their careers and young talent at the start of their journeys, and without a cohesive strategy they've seen the club slip miles behind the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.
"We spoke about Liverpool and how long it took them. It will take two or three windows if you know what you are looking for,” said Rangnick. "If you don’t know what you are looking for it is a needle in a haystack.
"If you know what kind of football you want to play and what kind of profiles for each individual position, then it is about finding them and convincing them to come. For Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool it took two transfer windows.
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"But even in the other transfer windows that came later on there has been a lot of very, very good transfers and signings. This is what it is all about. It is not complicated. It is not rocket science. But in order to have the best possible wind, you need to know what your destination haven is. If you don’t know that, it is always difficult."
United have spent over a billion pounds on players in the nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, but during that time they've done business like a dog chasing cars, without any sense of a wider vision of the team.
We'll have to wait and see if that'll change under a new manager next season.
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