Club ‘stunned’ by Man Utd leaders ‘didn’t do everything to persuade’ ex-Liverpool manager to ‘join rebuilding’

Man Utd-linked Edwards Credit: PA Images

According to reports, a Man Utd executive is ‘stunned’ the Red Devils haven’t done their utmost to persuade Michael Edwards to join the club.

Edwards was previously head of performance analysis at Tottenham Hotspur. He held a similar position at Liverpool in 2011.

The 43-year-old came through the ranks at Liverpool and he was their technical director for around six years until the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

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He has been hailed in recent years as he played a key role at Liverpool signing Vigil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Earlier this week it was reported that Man Utd and Chelsea plan to ‘battle’ for Edwards’ services.

The mirror now report that an unnamed Man Utd executive is ‘stunned that those at the top of the club haven’t tried everything to persuade ‘Edwards to ‘join their rebuild’.

The executive was ‘baffled’ by the club’s stance. John Murtough is currently United’s director of football – a role Edwards “would be most suitable for”.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a “huge admirer” of Edwards. It’s worth noting that the Blues will have an ‘easier race’ against him if United ‘continue to respect the baffling decision not to go all out for his services’.

Meanwhile, Chelsea could hijack Manchester United transfer for Antony having held talks with the Ajax winger’s representatives.

Antony scored 17 goals and 12 assists in his first two Eredivisie seasons following his £18million move from Sao Paulo.

His performances have attracted a number of clubs across Europe, but Manchester United have been most closely linked with the 22-year-old.

The Brazilian has thrived under new United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and the Dutchman is keen to have the striker call up at Old Trafford next season.

A report on Thursday claimed United CEO Richard Arnold and Director of Football John Murtough have agreed on their top three targets for the summer transfer window, with Antony among them.

The report adds:

“The pair are in agreement on goals this summer, with Frenkie de Jong seen as essential to the new manager’s system and Christian Eriksen a no-brainer, given his free agent status.”

“They also believe Ajax winger Antony will add another dimension to the attack.

“Much of the groundwork has been thrown in for their business and revenue is now expected imminently.”

But Chelsea could throw a spanner in the works, according to 90 minutes.

They claim the Blues chiefs met Antony’s agents while in the UK recently and ‘have been monitoring the situation in Brazil ever since in their continued search for attacking reinforcements’.

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