Manchester United is instructed by Gary Neville to make a move that might save them $100 million

After extensively seeing Dan Ashworth at work in a former capacity, Gary Neville has reportedly moved to clarify what Ashworth might contribute to Manchester United. Following positions at the Football Association (FA), West Brom, and Brighton, Ashworth, 52, is presently the sports director of Newcastle United.

Back in December, The Manchester Evening News reported that Sir Dave Brailsford had declared Ashworth his first pick to take over as sports director. Ashworth and Brailsford have a history of collaboration from earlier projects, and it’s known that Ashworth wants to continue that connection at Old Trafford.

Neville believes Ashworth’s potential hiring might be well worth the trouble, even though he admits that it won’t be easy to get Ashworth from another Premier League team. United invested £180 million on three players in the summer of last year, and their recent outlays haven’t always yielded the greatest results.

In the meanwhile, Ashworth’s efforts in the transfer market has garnered him high praise. Back when the Newcastle owner was the FA’s director of elite development, Neville was an England backroom coach.

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During Sunday afternoon’s TV broadcast of United’s victory against Luton, Neville was questioned about Ashworth. “I don’t know if Dan has anything in his contract, or how easy it is to get a sporting director out of his contract, I’m not sure how it works,” the former United captain said to Sky Sports.

He won’t be able to go for free or turn up to work for United tomorrow, so I’d anticipate it to be more of a typical employee issue. I’m sure Newcastle United will have added a provision to his contract prohibiting him from working for another club in the same space for a full year if that’s the sports director they want. I’d expect there will be some type of restriction on his departure.”

Neville went on, “It’s really important that Manchester United get someone in that position for the next transfer window, so they might just end up paying out the contract.” You may avoid wasting an additional £100 million on bad decisions if you invest £10 million to get Dan Ashworth on board.

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