Ten Hag is confident that Manchester United can cope without the injured Martinez. According to reports, Manchester United is making significant changes in anticipation of INEOS’ influence, including the hiring of Sam Williams from Ipswich Town as the lead academy scout. This move is part of a broader restructuring of the club in preparation for the era under INEOS’ influence.
It is reported that director of academy Nick Cox and head of scouting operations Steve Brown were involved in the appointment, with Williams set to report to Luke Fedorenko, the head of academy recruitment. Ratcliffe’s investment is yet to be official, but both he and Sir Dave Brailsford have been actively involved at Carrington, laying the foundations for a quick start. Cox expressed excitement about the vision for the youth ranks, following presentations from Ratcliffe and Brailsford to the academy staff.
The proud academy traditions of United continue this season, with Kobbie Mainoo becoming a regular first-team player after Alejandro Garnacho last term. These traditions are well-positioned to continue into the INEOS era, maintaining the club’s history of featuring academy players in the squad for over 4,000 consecutive games since October 1937.