DURBAN – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laid a solid foundation at Manchester United since taking over the coaching reigns from Jose Mourinho. But the Red Devils are still far from reclaiming their spot among Europe’s elite.
Man United are renowned for turning raw talent into superstars. Players such as David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo became world superstars thanks to the grooming they got at Carrington - United’s training ground - and Old Trafford, the club’s revered home stadium.
And they then went on to recoup their investment in this trio by selling them to Real Madrid.
The Red Devils were all about generating more income by selling their top talent and proven stars rather than splashing ridiculous amounts of money on attracting top players. How times have changed though.
Sir Alex Ferguson was steering the ship at that time and was the master of that concept “turn raw talent in to superstars and sell them”.