(Ed Woodward signs off on the financials of deals once decisions are made by the others)
The way things work is that United’s scouting department and analysts identify targets along with Solskjaer and Phelan. Each side has a veto, to ensure that nobody arrives at the club who is not wanted by all. The search for a director of football continues and it remains to be seen how the new man will fit into the new way of doing things.
Quietly, United believe that there is no shortage of targets keen on coming to the club as part of the rebuild. A plan exists of the areas which need strengthening which will the club will not veer away from.
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward signs off on the financials once the decisions has been made by the others, while club lawyer Matt Judge handles the negotiations.
While there is an acceptance that moves for elder statesmen have not paid off, United will still go for a more experienced name if the price is right and if the attitude and ability match.
(Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) and Daniel James (right) are two young targets for the club)
Solskjaer wants a fitter squad. He has gone on the record previously to express his surprise at what he inherited. Carrington insiders have told Sportsmail that the sports science department was ‘almost redundant’ under Jose Mourinho, something which has already changed.
That desire for energy can be seen in some of those United have been linked with. Forget Matthijs de Ligt – officials have long since accepted that the Ajax teen captain is off to Barcelona. But elsewhere, Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains heavily on the radar in a position that has needed strengthening properly for years.
Wales winger Dan James, 21, will soon arrive and will inject much-needed pace, and an ability to counter which has evaded United for some time, despite Marcus Rashford’s best efforts. James is a player United feel they can develop, as is Sean Longstaff, 21, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Newcastle United.
Leicester duo James Maddison, 22, and Harry Maguire, 26, will be tough to get. The Foxes are under zero pressure to sell, although United are ready to spend big should they feel it is necessary to do so.
(At this stage, a move for Benfica whizzkid Joao Felix is unlikely for United in the summer)
Another who will take some getting is Portugal whizzkid Joao Felix. The teenager has many admirers and would be welcomed by the Stretford End. He has been watched but a move at this stage is unlikely.
While much will depend on Romelu Lukaku – and his reported move to Inter Milan — United are keen on Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller. The striker is 24 and scored 15 in 23 league starts last season.
But do not expect to see United turn into some kind of youth club. They are not turning their backs on those with more miles in the legs, if they are the right fit.
(United are keen on Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller if Romelu Lukaku leaves the club)
PSG’s Thomas Meunier, set to depart this summer is 27 and United would have no qualms in adding the Belgian to their ranks.
Much will also depend on the club’s ability to get players out of the door. Few would be upset to see as many as eight depart, including some of those who have not long since signed new contracts.
There is also an acceptance that the rebuild cannot be instantaneous. It will take multiple windows. Do not expect that open top bus any time soon.
(Thomas Meunier is set to depart PSG this summer and United would be interested in him)