Guardian's correspondent says Man United 'lack identity' thanks to 'scattergun' transfer approach
- Raphael Honigstein insists Mourinho's and United's views on the transfer market are way different, therefore, Red Devils struggle to find their identity on the pitch
"I have some sympathy with Mourinho when it comes to transfers - Ed Woodward's [United's chief executive] problems with getting them over the line precedes his arrival," Honigstein told Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement. "It's not a new story that transfers are taking longer and becoming more complicated for whatever reason.
"I think the scattergun approach reflects very conflicting strategies. Mourinho wants a specific type of player, who is ready-made, 26 or 27, will perform all the time and has the skills of a world-class player but play like an underdog and not have the ball, wait for things to happen and take advantage.
"But United as a club want players who have value going forward, we want to unearth the superstars before they are superstars, we don't necessarily want to be paying £100m every year, more like £30m or £40m, grow the players, make them better and sell them on or build a team around them.
"These styles are not really joining up. You can see it on the pitch; this is a team that doesn't really know what it is, it's lacking identity."
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