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‘I don’t remember… – Rio Ferdinand questions why Sir Jim Ratcliffe is thought to be targeting Dougie Freedman as Man United’s new sporting director

Rio Ferdinand has expressed skepticism about the potential appointment of Crystal Palace’s sporting director, Dougie Freedman, into a significant role at Manchester United.

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The link between Freedman and United has surfaced amid Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s anticipated investment in the club.

Ferdinand questioned the logic behind considering Freedman for such a role, emphasizing that individuals like Paul Mitchell and Michael Edwards have established track records of success in similar positions.

He highlighted the recognized achievements of these figures, contrasting them with the less apparent impact of Palace’s activities.

While acknowledging the successful signings of players like Olise, Eze, and Guehi, Ferdinand suggested that Palace lacks the reputation that would warrant United’s interest in Freedman.

Comparing Freedman to individuals like Mitchell and Edwards, who have proven success in their roles, Ferdinand raised concerns about the rationale behind considering Freedman for such a crucial position.

Freedman, a former Scotland striker, transitioned from a playing career to managerial roles at clubs like Palace, Bolton, and Forest before moving into the boardroom at Selhurst Park.

The speculation surrounding Freedman involves a potential replacement for United’s football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, whose positions are reportedly under scrutiny.

The planned investment by Jim Ratcliffe, taking control of the football side, was described by Ferdinand as a “big risk.”

Expressing concern about Ratcliffe’s lack of proven success in such roles, Ferdinand highlighted the need for a clear template and approach to shake up the club, echoing sentiments shared by Rangnick, Mourinho, and various sporting directors who have emphasized the importance of a defined playing style.

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