Manchester United have been accused of 'blowing up their legacy' by former defender Patrice Evra in a revealing 20-minute rant over their current transfer dealings.
United opened their 2020/21 Premier League campaign with a dissapointing 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford with a subdued display which further compounded the questions marks around their off-season business.
With rivals Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all investing in new signings, United's only deal thus far has been the arrival of Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek from AFC Ajax.
Calls have been made to remedy the glaring shortcomings at full-back, centre-back and right-wing, with Jadon Sancho, Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale all missed targets over the past month - which Evra believes in unacceptable.
"My phone is ringing from a top director from a top club and they’re saying, 'Patrice, can you ask Matt Judge to answer his phone?' People have to understand we send lawyers to talk with the player. They talk about numbers, not people from the football world," Evra said, as per Goal.
"When you want a player who cost 20 million, he ends up costing 100 million... but even those players, they don't even want our money anymore.
"Before us, Bobby Charlton, George Best, all those people, they made the history of the club. That's what we try to respect - [winning the Champions League] in 99, and us in 08 - and some people want to blow up all this legacy for what? For which reasons? We are better than that."
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Evra, who won 14 major titles in eight and a half seasons at United feels that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who bears most of the brunt from fans had been naive to leave the responsibilities on those who can't get the job done.
"If I have a problem with Ed Woodward I will not put it on social media, I will text him and call him and tell him face to face what I think about something. We blame him a lot. The only problem I would say with Ed is trusting people he should never trust," the Red Devils ambassador said.
"He even trusts some people outside the club. People like [Managing Director] Richard Arnold are why we've got money, these guys can make some sponsorship deal like you can;t imagine, so we've got the money, but we've not got the players because we send the wrong people to speak with them.
"Ole now tries to approach the players and try and speak to them like [Sir Alex] Ferguson used to do. Some people work for this club and they are damaging this club, that’s why we have to tell the truth to the fans.
"I know some people are scared to speak up about because they may not get a job in the future. But I don't care, I don't need Manchester United. I love Manchester United."