Sir Alex Ferguson has told friends he believes that luring Paul Pogba back to the club for a record £89million fee, along with agent Mino Raiola, was a recipe for trouble.
He further said he’s “worried” that the Manchester United he transformed into serial winners are in danger of becoming a circus act.
Under strict disciplinarian Fergie, United not only won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League gongs, but any training ground problems were usually kept in house.
Back at Old Trafford last Saturday for the first time since suffering a major stroke in May to witness the 1-1 draw with Wolves, the Scot confessed he was worried about the negative publicity surrounding the club.
Sir Alex is not alone in the Old Trafford boardroom in feeling that it’s time for United to do all their talking with a football.
United legend Sir Bobby Charlton is unhappy with the lack of entertainment on the pitch and the constant squabbles off it.
United’s legends have also criticised the club, with Rio Ferdinand branding it a “mess” – and insisting the board may have a decision to make.
“The narrative of the club hasn’t been football. It has been about everything off the field,” he said.
“That is not how a successful club runs. You need to make sure there is a harmony in the squad.”
Gary Neville added: “This mess started when United sacked David Moyes after 8 months and we lost all sense of the values that the club had been built on for 100 years.
“It’s not the manager it’s the lack of football leadership above him. They are bouncing all over the place with no plan!”