That is according to Louis van Gaal AND Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Dutchman insisting they agree the club needs a more football-orientated approach.
Van Gaal feels recruitment at Old Trafford in the modern era now has too much of a commercial emphasis.
In Ferguson’s latter days in charge, he too is said to have believed the club was going with the wrong mentality in the market.
A sporting director is now seen as essential behind the scenes, and the club have insisted they are on the search for one.
Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal’s successor, back in December, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward outlined there would be an extensive search for a long-term solution as manager as well as a sporting director.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks almost certain to secure the hot seat at Old Trafford on a full-time basis after his successful stint as interim boss.
But it is still unclear who will become sporting director this summer, with Woodward and his right-hand man, Matt Judge, currently in charge of bringing in new players.
Van Gaal and Ferguson’s frustration at the club’s current recruitment system comes as:
“The right hand has to be a technical director with a football view”
Louis van Gaal
Judge has a masters degree in economics and finance, as well as 13 years of experience in investing banking.
Van Gaal and Ferguson never felt comfortable with him and Woodward negotiating fees and contracts, it seems, with the Glazer family having continued to hand them the responsibility.
And while United insist football is their No.1 priority – shown by their hunt for a sporting director – there is a view success off the pitch in a financial sense is a greater objective for the business men at the club.
“At the moment there is a structure with a scouting division and above that is someone at Woodward’s right hand,” Van Gaal explained to BBC Sport.
“The structure is not so bad but the right hand has to be a technical director with a football view, not somebody with a banker’s role.
“Unfortunately, we are talking about a commercial club, not a football club.
“I spoke to Ferguson about this and in his last years, he also had problems with it.”
Should Solskjaer be handed the job permanently, with reports suggesting he could be appointed as soon as this week, he is expected to be joined by a sporting director still in time for the summer transfer window.
United’s unpopular owners, the Glazer family, are likely to spend big as they look to build on the foundations the Norwegian has set since returning to Manchester.
A right-winger, centre-half and midfielder are being prioritised, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho Manchester United‘s No.1 target.