A big summer awaits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to overhaul his underperforming squad but the task at hand won’t be easy.

The club will need to avoid making the same mistakes of the past of overspending on players who fail to make an impact at Old Trafford.

It’s believed that a director of football could help oversee a successful transfer strategy with Rio Ferdinand among those in the frame to be appointed in the role.

According former Liverpool defender Warnock, United need to take a leaf out of Jurgen Klopp’s book when it comes to recruitment in order to get closer to the Reds and Manchester City.

“If you look at Liverpool and [Sadio] Mane, nobody would have predicted what he would do when he cost £30million,” he told Sky Sports News.

“[Mohamed] Salah, an ex-Chelsea reject, would people have predicted what he’s done?

“[Andy] Robertson was £8m. [Georginio] Wijnaldum, Newcastle got relegated when they got Wijnaldum but he’s been incredible for them.

“So if you look at players like that, they are not marquee signings as such but now they’re marquee players.

“That’s because they’ve been coached the right way and it comes down to the recruitment.”

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United mixed signing young players and ones proven in the Premier League and it brought them plenty of success under his reign.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Ferdinand, Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick were all picked up from fellow English clubs and played a big part in winning major trophies.

Solskjaer issued a defiant transfer message this morning, claiming that he wants to sign players who will be with him for the long-term.

“I think I’ve been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we’re so far behind at the moment points wise,” he said.

“And yes next season we’ve got to close that gap. But this summer will also be about players who can last here for many years.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been a ready made club – [Cristiano] Ronaldo was not ready made, [Wayne] Rooney was not ready made.”

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