Man Utd consulted Nemanja Vidic and other legends before signing Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro last summer
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Manchester United consulted an advisory group featuring Nemanja Vidic and other club legends on potential transfers last summer, according to a new report.
That meant the budget for the winter was low, with the club restricted to loan deals, but there is no doubt that Martinez and Casemiro, in particular, have had successful impacts in their first campaign.
And a new report claims that former United centre-back Vidic, who played for the club between 2006 and 2014, and other club icons advised on the signing of the duo.
Man Utd advisors worked on summer transfers
According to The Athletic, chief executive Richard Arnold called on Vidic to be part of a 'brainstorming group' to discuss United's short and long-term plans.
It is claimed that Arnold asked Sir Alex Ferguson and former club chief David Gill to complete a review on United's management structure following the news that Ed Woodward was set to depart his role.
One of the ideas was the brainstorming group, and as well as Ferguson and Gill, club legends Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin were also part of the meetings.
The report adds that both Casemiro and Martinez were discussed by the group before United launched their moves, with Ferguson giving his thoughts.
The inclusion of Vidic - and subsequent signing of Martinez, United's top centre-back - certainly stands out, with the Serbian winning 15 trophies during his time at Old Trafford.
If Martinez can win anything close to that amount during his time at the club, it will certainly prove to be a successful transfer for all involved.