MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly missed out on the chance to sign Liverpool new boy Takumi Minamino because Ed Woodward had no idea about his release clause.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds confirmed the arrival of the Japanese international forward this week after meeting the £7.25m transfer clause in his contract at RB Salzburg.
The 24-year-old was one of a number of players being tracked by United ahead of the January window opening.
But they were beaten to the bargain deal by the current Premier League leaders, with the Red Devils under the impression they would have had to fork out a lot more to secure his services.
And according to Goal, that is because executive vice-chairman Woodward was completely unaware of the star’s release clause.
MAN UNITED have been slammed by Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony for demanding £200k to send their youths out on loan.
The 43-year-old took to his Twitter to express his frustration when asked if he has tried to sign any United youngsters recently.
He said: “Back in summer but gave up when they wanted a 200k loan fee. Usual s****. So not at moment.
“Hopefully the powers to be see one of their talented youngsters playing for us (ala Knight from Leicester) is more important than a loan fee we cant financially do budget wise.”
MINO RAIOLA has insisted Paul Pogba wants to stay at Manchester United but the club need to support the midfielder more.Pogba's agent has called on the club to form a clear identity that the Frenchman can be a part of.
Raiola told the Telegraph: “Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United.
“At least when Ferguson was there you saw it was his team – the way they played, pro-active, and the players that came in came in with an eye on how to play that game.
“So I say, make your identity of what you want your club to be and then find the LEGO parts for it. You need that clarity.
“The club needs a specialist, a sports director, someone between the team, the coach and the owners, someone who can bridge the sides. Today you need that specialist because the coach has no time to manage scouts and other tasks and I feel that is lacking at Manchester United.
“In truth I look at Manchester United and think that they have more an American mentality than a European one.
“By that I mean that sometimes it seems the club is more concerned about the economic part than the sports part and that is a very American way of thinking. They need someone to connect the economic side and the sports side.”