'I don't remember anyone saying, 'wow, look at what Palace are doing'': Rio Ferdinand questions why Sir Jim Ratcliffe is thought to be targeting Dougie Freedman as Man United's new sporting director

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By Ryan Walker For Mailonline

Published: 18:16 EST, 13 November 2023 | Updated: 18:28 EST, 13 November 2023

Rio Ferdinand has questioned why Manchester United would beryllium willing successful appointing Crystal Palace's sporting head Dougie Freedman into a awesome domiciled astatine Old Trafford.

The Palace executive has been linked pinch moving into a caller position astatine Man United erstwhile Sir Jim Ratcliffe's finance successful nan nine is finalised.

71-year-old Ratcliffe is reportedly considering an overhaul of nan club's executive team and Freedman is 1 of nan names being promoted arsenic a imaginable sporting director.

United supporters person many times called for nan nine to name personification successful nan capacity fixed their unconvincing spending successful nan transportation marketplace since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down arsenic manager.

However, Ferdinand is bemused arsenic to why nan Selhurst Park head would beryllium a imaginable target for his erstwhile nine fixed United's ambitions.

Crystal Palace executive Dougie Freedman is reportedly being considered for a sporting head domiciled astatine Man United

Rio Ferdinand questioned why Sir Jim Ratcliffe would beryllium considering Freedman

'His sanction has travel retired of near field. No disrespect, but I don't retrieve anyone saying 'wow, look astatine what Palace are doing',' said Ferdinand connected his Vibe pinch Five YouTube channel.

'Paul Mitchell, I get it, he has a history of doing bully things and nan aforesaid pinch Michael Edwards, Julian Ward astatine Liverpool.

'They person a assemblage of successful activity that is recognised, truthful has Dan Ashworth pinch England and past Brighton and now astatine Newcastle. You tin understand that but cipher says that astir Palace. 

'(Michael) Olise, (Eberechi) Eze and (Marc) Guehi are 3 players you look astatine that person been bully signings but for everyone 1 of those, location are others that haven't worked.

'They don't person a estimation that makes you understand why United would spell for him. Dan Ashworth has been successful these roles earlier but John Murtough has worked successful positions that aren't based astir football. He was helping retired behind-the-scenes but not successful shot things.'

The erstwhile Scotland striker, Freedman was a erstwhile Scotland striker and enjoyed playing spells astatine Palace, Forest, Wolves and Leeds during his playing career.

He past enjoyed managerial tenures astatine Crystal Palace, Bolton and Forest earlier moving into nan boardroom wherever he has remained astatine Selhurst Park. 

Freedman could switch United's existent method head John Murtough and football head Darren Fletcher, whose positions are believed to beryllium astatine risk. United person blown much than £1bn connected transfers successful nan past 3 years but person been criticised for making mediocre recruitment decisions.

Freedman enjoyed managerial tenures astatine Crystal Palace, Bolton and Forest earlier moving into nan boardroom wherever he has remained astatine Selhurst Park

United person spent £1bn successful transfers complete nan past 3 years, pinch Erik 10 Hag's broadside mostly failing to show that finance connected nan pitch

Ratcliffe is reportedly building a shortlist of imaginable candidates to return complete astatine Man United

Reports have also suggested that Ratcliffe has built a shortlist of imaginable candidates, which includes erstwhile Monaco sporting head Paul Mitchell, while ex-Liverpool sporting board Michael Edwards and Julian Ward are besides successful nan frame. 

Ferdinand continued his scathing study of Ratcliffe's planned finance and described nan British billionaires plans to return afloat sporting power arsenic a 'big risk'. 

'Jim Ratcliffe is paying 25 percent and he is getting afloat reins of nan shot side. He is controlling nan ins and outs and each recruitment.

'It is simply a large risk. You can't opportunity he has been hugely successful before. I dream he shakes it up and lays retired his template. Rangnick and Mourinho said it and galore different sporting board person said astir nan playing style,' he added.


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