Manchester United suffering from transfer inexperience

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Manchester United's failure to make any inroads in the transfer market this summer could be down to inexperience on the part of new vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

This is according to Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant, Mike Phelan, who believes Woodward's switch from the commercial side to player recruitment will take time to get right.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has already seen the club fail to sign two of their main midfield targets in the current transfer window.

Barcelona pair Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara were both on Moyes' wanted, but the latter opted to join his former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and the former insisted he wanted to remain at Camp Nou.

A bid of £28million for Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines was dismissed as "insulting and derisory" by the Toffees and lead to the Old Trafford outfit being criticised for their transfer strategy and the public nature of their dealings.

Phelan believes Woodward being new to the murky business of transfer dealings could be something to do with Manchester United failing to recruit anyone other than 20-year-old Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela.

"Ed Woodward has previously been on the commercial side and concentrating on bringing money into the club rather than spending it. It is a totally different outlook," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"He will learn that. He may be frightened by a few prices every now and again but he will have to pick that up, because you are dealing with high quality football players."

Woodward came in this summer to replace long-serving David Gill, whose good relationship and connections in the football world were crucial to Manchester United's transfer strategy.

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