Manchester United's first signing under Sir Jim Ratcliffe won't be a player

Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks to hire a crucial football director before signing players

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is patient with player signings as he focuses on sporting directors.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has not commented on potential signings for Manchester United this winter transfer window. After acquiring 25 percent of Manchester United's minority stake, the INEOS owner plans to build a better structure in the sporting staff rather than spending on players now. The club looks to not sign any players this winter due to this action Ratcliffe wants to make.

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Instead, the summer transfer window is the market where United could make some significant changes in the squad. Talk of not signing loan deals on a permanent like Sofyan Amrabat and selling players like Martial are in the talks. Sergio Reguilon has been recalled to Tottenham and could potentially move on loan to Brentford.

Jadon Sancho and Hannibal Mejbri have left the club on a loan deal this winter. Sancho moves back to Germany to play for BVB again, while Hannibal joins Sevilla with an option of a permanent transfer. The idea is clear for the squad: a new rebuild is coming for the summer.

The club has identified positions they would like to reinforce in the summer. Standard Sport reports the club is looking at four positions to kick off the Ratcliffe era. United is looking at a striker with a similar profile to Harry Kane, a number 8 midfielder, a center-back, and a right-back.

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Ratcliffe is interested in sealing a deal at the end of the month for Newcastle's sporting director, Dan Ashworth

Ratcliffe has looked in the market for sporting directors instead of eyeing players. United looks to hire sporting director Dan Ashworth soon. Ashworth has been the club's primary focus since the arrival of Ratcliffe. It is reported that the club's agreement with the director could be close if INEOS looks to bring him to Old Trafford after the January window.

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