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  • on last week's show.

  • There was a discussion about West Ham following conversations this week between The Sunday supplement and the club.

  • We apologize for any factual inaccuracies made on the program.

  • Recently published accounts show that West Ham have invested heavily in the squad since they moved to the new stadium with a net spend of £214 million in the last four years, including club record Sebastian Hala, I have spent over £1.5 million on scouts in the past year.

  • I've also invested £10 million in the redevelopment of the training grounds at Rush Green and Chadwell Heath.

  • In response to the claims that the appointment of Stuart Pearce was vetoed by the board.

  • The club say this isn't true.

  • During the discussion, it was remarked that the club had a culture of everyone's got their hands in the till.

  • This was a reference.

  • The level of commitment of some players and managers on was not a suggestion of any illegality in any way.

  • We apologize if this wasn't made clear, it was suggested during their time in charge of Birmingham City.

  • David Gold and David Sullivan presided over no significant investment at ST Andrews during their time at the club that invested in the redevelopment off the ground, including three newsstands and 22,000 new seats as the results.

  • And Andrews has been awarded asset off community value status.

  • Scuffles always strives for fairness and accuracy in a programming Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday supplement Manchester United's transfer businesses under scrutiny after they followed their deadline day.

  • Last minute move for Odion Ighalo with a stalemate against Wolves, Frank Lampard maintains that Chelsea are underdogs for the top four, but who could potentially catch them on this takeover?

  • Talk again at Newcastle United could really happen this time.

  • Joining me to discuss all of these topics and much, much more are Henry Winter, the chief football writer at the Times.

  • Mike McGrath What were reported at The Telegraph.

  • A great Hope football correspondent at The Daily Mail.

  • Don't forget to treat the show at Sunday's up on the best will appear on screen over the next 90 minutes.

  • Jackie's away, so I'm back in the hot seat and here's what we'll be looking at this week that's made the back pages this morning very, very familiar theme here The Observer.

  • Touching distance.

  • Historic 20th win in a row at Anfield puts Liverpool 22 points clear at the top.

  • Quite a few have gone with this one's We'll go.

  • The express must be time to celebrate.

  • Yep, we'll forgive them.

  • That one left of field here from the sun, though.

  • Quite interesting.

  • Italian Giants plot £150 million move.

  • Summer deal for Virgil Van Dyke, You Aventis Well, that could raise some eyebrows over at the Star.

  • They've changed their focus, if you like city styles facing judgment.

  • Play big rebuild job in the summer, according to the Star, with seven players playing for their future, reflecting on that stalemate that I mentioned Old Trafford yesterday.

  • Mirror of Gone with Snorri Story Man United not impressing anybody and again, we mentioned that transfer window down here joins the North Croft.

  • He's written on the headline on his pieces.

  • United chaotic loan move snubbed by Rondell Elsewhere, we've got bubble trouble in the people as West Ham throw away a two goal lead against fellow strugglers Brighton.

  • Terrific win for Everton yesterday.

  • Express.

  • Fio steals in Nick it on loss of a horrible, horrible moment for palaces keeper yesterday.

  • Jaw dropping.

  • So good morning, gentlemen.

  • Henry, I'll start with you.

  • Manchester United in focus.

  • Um, move Regarding which I think surprised many in the game.

  • What do you make of what is going on there a moment?

  • Well, I think if you looked at the game yesterday, they clearly need a striker.

  • I think they're short term and long term issues here.

  • The long term once it's in terms of the structure off the club in terms off recruitment on dhe social and others within the club have tried Thio to address that short term.

  • They should have overplayed Marcus Rashford in in December.

  • He played eight games in in 28 days, played something like 11 hours of football in 13 14 hours that Manchester United played in that period on such an important player.

  • Everyone knew he was carrying a back problem.

  • And then it went, you know, when he came on against wolves.

  • So look, big issues their short term long term.

  • The chaos off the last 48 hours.

  • Manchester United, one of the wealthiest clubs in the world.

  • You know, with with resources, you know, they should not be behaving like that So it's scrambling around making late night calls.

  • Early afternoon calls Thio, trying to see if they could get someone over.

  • Has got, actually had a medical.

  • Yet you know their issues there on also maybe one or two other issues with with Corona viruses and issues of a player coming in as well.

  • Look, Manchester United have got good people behind the scenes, but this is a little bit embarrassing.

  • Having said that yesterday showed that they need a striker.

  • They also need to clear out some of you.

  • Look at some of the players in that midfield.

  • Sorry, just are finally fishing off.

  • Bruno Fernandez has come in.

  • He looked pretty decent yesterday.

  • He's what they need in terms of that creativity.

  • Got a bit of character.

  • You got booked some of their strength of mind on dhe.

  • Well, not so much physicality, strength of might in which would they clearly need?

  • But they're individuals there who shouldn't be there like Fred and prayers.

  • So they need a clearer as well as new players coming in.

  • You say they've got good people behind the scenes.

  • Where's the evidence of that when you describe the chaos is so when I say good people behind the scenes.

  • I'm not a huge fan of wood wood.

  • I think the but Woodward represents in terms of Here's the facilitator and the representative off the culture from the Glazers.

  • Another culture from the Glazers is about their investors.

  • They didn't grow up with pictures of the Busby babes on the wall.

  • They don't come to games.

  • I can remember shortly after they arrive they would get away.

  • Game of Wigan and their attitude towards the Manchester United fans.

  • I've written about this and I talked to their people about this I thought was an arrogance and that that concern Lee.

  • Manchester United won the greatest sporting institutions in the world, let alone English footballing institution and you want them to be in the right hands.

  • So there, there, there, there cultural problems at Manchester United which go back to the Glazers.

  • All this focus on money.

  • All this focus on investors.

  • The focus should be on football Now there are good people behind the scenes to mention personally your front of house.

  • I like what social is trying to do in terms off the players he's trying to bring in, which is why the last 48 hours of scrabbling round for a 30 year old hasn't played in the Premier League for three years is embarrassing.

  • But in terms off one of the Sacha Maguire Daniel James Daniel James being overplayed.

  • He's a terrific player, but he's tired.

  • But so chas, what he's trying to do in terms of recruitment, I do understand in terms of younger, faster, partly home homegrown.

  • Obviously, Fernandez says, has come in from Portugal.

  • But there was Ah, there is a logic there, so you can't say everything's wrong that Manchester United.

  • But there is a cultural problem on.

  • They have to move it away from thes obsession with money, focusing back on the football.

  • Mike, you were all over the story linking Manchester United to Josh King at Borman added that unfold and ultimately, why did it fail?

  • Well, I think how it unfolded was at the very top of Manchester United.

  • I think they need a clearer, any clearer direction.

  • I think there needs to be a director of football working with Edward.

  • Would tow have that buffer between him in the team because they have.

  • They have the cultural reboot in the summer.

  • I thought it was really I thought it was a thing.

  • It's a positive way direction in terms of going to the championship down James go into the Mid Premier League for Remember Sacha.

  • But then the first obstacle that came along with Earl and Harlan dues on that track as well.

  • They don't get him and then they're panicking and it's just a panic that you don't see it at Liverpool when you don't see it topped them really either.

  • I think that they then looked at markets like like China, which I didn't.

  • I think there's value in other markets and if they had a really good director of football there, then that would have been different for them.

  • And then as it unfolded that story itself with with 48 hours left, they're scrambling around for for a strike.

  • All of us journalists are trying to find out who's on their list, and it turned out that Josh King, who had previously been at United was, was on the on that list and they'd made a bid from him.

  • So it was a very frantic final final day for them which could have been avoided.

  • I think with with with a better direction of the top.

  • Andi, even Negar Lo Sze agent himself said he didn't think that the the deal was on family.

  • Hey, didn't think it was on until until after the afternoon of deadline date.

  • So the afternoon over here, I think later in China that just shows you that just shows you kind of the level of panic that there was crazy and reused from Werther.

  • Embarrassing shooting that's that's fair meant a club like Manchester City failing to land these players on the certain.

  • In the case of Early in Holland, he's now scored seven in through is embarrassing fare.

  • Well, they begun the window trying to say, knowing home from the best young players in Europe in the van that it's trying to get it.

  • A 30 year old out of chain I made a global health epidemic.

  • You can't really make it up.

  • I spoke to our Mark Clattenburg's one of our columnists at the meal in Myself and Mark were chatting on afraid.

  • Of course he is referee chain and that same the garden users Brick and I set the mark.

  • What's he like?

  • And market maybe mention this.

  • He said.

  • Well, he hasn't played since November.

  • He cleared in the Cup final over there, which Mark refereed.

  • He wasn't even started.

  • He came off the bench.

  • He said, Listen, he's sharp, but he's nowhere near a Manchester United player, really?

  • And just come back to the point that I was gonna Henry and Mike touched on it as well.

  • We applaud what they did in the summer in terms of this strategy of buy in young and British.

  • But look at the Manchester United team and how many players have they got, truly operating at the peak of their powers?

  • You look at the great man, you like a team 67 years of that team would have Bean right where they're at that golden 34 year period where you're really at the best.

  • What we've got now is either players on good enough.

  • It will never be good enough players that were good enough.

  • In the case of Martin and Matt each two or three years ago.

  • Or boys like Wander, Sack and James, who are we're a work in progress, really.

  • Just look at that team and I watch the game on the tree and diamond last night, and you know that there was one team playing with adventure, freedom of dangerous on the break in it.

  • It wasn't Manchester United in would have, and that shouldn't be a surprise.

  • Those walls have simply just got better players now.

  • That's why I applaud this.

  • Saying that Bruno Fernandez, it looks as if they brought in a player who really is 25 year old.

  • I thought it was terrific last night.

  • You just get an instinct for these things.

  • He was progressive.

  • Shots on goal.

  • If the biggest compliment I can play a Bruno Fernandez is, you look like a wolves clear, it looks that would fit into that team.

  • So to come back, the question Is it embarrassing?

  • Well, yes, it is embarrassing.

  • The way the window played out, we'll sign Bruno Fernandez.

  • They spent the most money on a single player in the window.

  • You look like you coming.

  • From what?

  • I mean, are we gonna social said as well?

  • He's skulls like he's wearing skulls is number.

  • Gigolo is still in pre season.

  • They've got about 14 games left in Manchester United, so he's not will be up to speed.

  • It's only till the end of this season.

  • It does look a very strange fit.