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Manchester United‘s board have reportedly admitted to getting recruitment wrong in recent years at their offices in London, reports say.

The Red Devils are looking to splash the cash when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, despite spending close to £1billion in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Manchester United’s current plight is not for a lack of trying with the club spending big on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Fred over the years.

Yet The Athletic say that United’s board have accepted that their business hasn’t been up to scratch.

Of the aforementioned quartet only Pogba can claim to be a success, having helped the Red Devils win the EFL Cup and Europa League during his time at Old Trafford.

Di Maria lasted just 12 months before moving to PSG having failed to settle since his blockbuster move from Real Madrid.

Lukaku blew hot and cold throughout his own time at United before making the move to Serie A titans Inter Milan back in the summer.

And Fred has done nothing to justify his £52million transfer fee, recently struggling at the Longstaff brothers ran rings around him in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.

They are not the only ones to find life at United tough in the years since Ferguson walked off into the sunset.

Both Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger touched down in the summer of 2015 when Louis van Gaal was manager, with the Dutchman hopeful they’d be the ideal midfield axis.

Yet the duo spent just 18 months at United before leaving for Everton and Chicago Fire respectively.

Wingers Alexis Sanchez and Memphis Depay both failed to live up to high expectations, too, while current defenders Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo have failed to achieve consistency.

And the report says United are hoping to make four signings during the January transfer window.

No names are mentioned but Express Sport understands Mario Mandzukic has already agreed to make the move to Old Trafford in January.

Leicester and Borussia Dortmund duo James Maddison and Jadon Sancho are both of interest.

But United feel it will be tricky to sign either player in January – particularly with no Champions League football to entice them with.

West Ham’s Declan Rice has flourished this season and emerged as another transfer target.

But the Hammers are likely to charge a premium rate for the England international and Rice’s own happiness in London may deter United from making a move.

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