Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan says the club will still target ‘superstar’ signings in the transfer market, despite their renewed focus on signing and developing young talent.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side spent heavily in the summer window in recruiting Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, the club seemingly keen to move away from Jose Mourinho’s policy of recruiting established players and showing an eagerness to target emerging British talent.
Despite the club’s apparent change of direction within their recruitment policy, Phelan says the club will still be in the market should big names become available and says the correct blend is key to potential success.
“I think there has got to be a blend,” Phelan told the Evening Standard.
“I think Manchester United still do want superstars, but I think they still want to see them coming through and progressing and being part of something special.
“The fans are changing all the time. We’ve got senior fans, old age pensioners, young fans, but it’s become far more global than it’s ever been and I think all those people understand what Manchester United is all about otherwise they wouldn’t support them.
“They don’t just support them for the superstars, they support them because they can embrace the whole tradition of the football club.”
Phelan is now in his second spell amongst the coaching staff at Old Trafford, having previously worked under Sir Alex Ferguson during a trophy-laden spell for the club.
The 57-year-old reckons the club are heading in the right direction following several seasons of disappointment in the post-Ferguson era, believing the club possesses ‘a bright future’ in the coming years.
“I think it is a little bit different to the time before, but I think all the ingredients are there,” Phelan added.
“They are there and we can add to them with the right backing and the right push forward.
“I want to do it all again because it was a great ride the first time around.
“So the potential is there with the right approach now and the right attitude – I think Manchester United has a bright future again.”