Former Man United star Ashley Young reveals ex-players have questioned the club's signings in WhatsApp group... after the Red Devils slumped to their worst Premier League finish despite spending £170m last summer

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By Sam Brookes

Published: 06:34 EDT, 24 May 2024 | Updated: 06:44 EDT, 24 May 2024

Ashley Young has revealed he is portion of a WhatsApp group afloat of ex-Manchester United players - and nan club's recruitment is simply a basking taxable of speech successful nan chat.

Young spent 9 years astatine Old Trafford betwixt 2011 and 2020, winning 1 convention title successful Sir Alex Ferguson's last play successful 2013.

The Red Devils person grounded to triumph nan convention again successful nan 11 years since, contempt spending complete £1bn during this period, including £170m past summertime connected nan likes of Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana. This dense spending did not construe to results connected nan transportation arsenic United ended up successful eighth place, their worst-ever Premier League finish.

Young has now opened up connected a WhatsApp group that he is progressive successful on pinch respective of his erstwhile United team-mates, and really they person raised concerns astir nan team's signings successful caller years.

'Nowadays, pinch players that are retired, we’ve sewage a WhatsApp group,' he told talkSPORT.

Ashley Young has revealed Man United's ex-players person raised concerns complete nan club's signings

United spent £170m past summer, bringing successful nan likes of Rasmus Hojlund (right) and Andre Onana (centre), while they besides splashed retired £85.5m connected Antony (left) successful 2022

Wayne Rooney (left) and Rio Ferdinand (right) are portion of nan WhatsApp group that has questioned United's recruitment

'We’ve sewage ex-United players successful there. At times, we do talk astir it [transfers]. But erstwhile you’re successful nan dressing room, you’re not thinking, "why person we signed this player?"

'You’re trying to merge them into nan squad. I had awesome times location and you want nan champion retired of each azygous subordinate who walks done that door.'

Young went connected to uncover nan sanction of nan group and precisely which erstwhile players are successful it.

'It’s called Band of Brothers. There’s rather a batch (of ex-players),' he added.

'Rio [Ferdinand], Fletch [Darren Fletcher], John O’Shea, Wazza [Rooney], Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverly, Ando [Anderson], Nani, Berba [Dimitar Berbatov], Patrice [Evra], nan twins, Rafael and Fabio, Quinton Fortune, Anders Lindegaard.'

Asked if location was anyone pinch peculiarly beardown opinions, Young replied: 'Everyone. Honestly, each time that’s group’s going off. It’s for illustration we’re still astatine training, that banter’s still going. Someone’s getting it each day, basically.'

United's recruitment strategy has raised eyebrows complete nan years, pinch nan nine failing to adjacent nan spread to Manchester City and Arsenal.

However, it could alteration this summertime nether caller part-owners INEOS, arsenic Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already moved quickly to bring successful Omar Berrada arsenic nan club's caller CEO and Jason Wilcox arsenic method director.

United are besides keen to adhd Dan Ashworth arsenic their caller sporting director, though they are yet to work together a compensation package pinch Newcastle, and Mail Sport exclusively revealed earlier this week that he inadvertently sent an email to a Newcastle relationship disclosing a speech he'd had pinch Berrada earlier United had informed nan Magpies of their liking successful Ashworth.

United's transportation strategy could alteration this summertime nether caller part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe

This could lead to a Premier League 'tapping up' probe, but Ashworth is group to reason astatine an arbitration proceeding later this period that he was sacked by Newcastle successful a bid to unit done his move to Old Trafford.

United's play is not complete yet, pinch nan squad hoping to upset nan likelihood and hit City successful nan FA Cup last connected Saturday, earlier attraction turns to nan summertime transportation window.

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