After another far from convincing performance, this time away to already relegated Huddersfield Town, Manchester United saw their chances of participating in the Champions League next season, ended.
It truly is a sorry state of affairs for a club held in such high regard around the world but also indicative of how far we’ve fallen down the pecking order since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
After such a magnificent start to his Old Trafford managerial career, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer must be puzzled as to why that great start has fizzled out and the United team of recent weeks have looked more like relegation material than top-four finishers.
This summer is going to be critical if United are to start that climb back up to the top.
Some hard decisions will require making as to who remains at the club and who stays and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if some big names, players that have been under-performing, are pushed through the exit door.
But, perhaps it’s not about who stays and who leaves, perhaps the crux of the matter when it comes to the rebuild is who United sign.
A failure to qualify for the Champions League could, I’m afraid to say, curtail our chances of bringing some of the big names already being bandied about to the club.
But, with rumours of a director of football being brought in, it is essential that one person and one person alone is allowed the final say on who the club signs.
I’m reluctant to see United head down a route some other clubs have taken whereby players are signed and then the manager is expected to mould a team out of them.
Therefore, I was delighted to read, courtesy of the media source, Talksport, that Solksjaer has revealed he will have the final say on who the club signs this summer.
Now that to me is a bright start and the beginning of the journey forward for a club that has lost its way.
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