Manchester United have failed in a deadline day bid to acquire the services of a shop assistant.
Fanny Pringle, a retail worker from Stockport, rejected their final offer of £10 per hour to work in United’s ‘Megastore’ club shop in favour of a move to mid-table rivals Everton.
“United’s offer was derisory,” she said.
“They aren’t the big attraction they used to be and to be honest, I do yoga on Thursday nights so I want to keep them free.
“The manager laid out his plans for me, but I have no desire to be played out of position stacking shelves when I’m a proven checkout girl.
“When a club like Everton shows serious interest in you, it’s hard to turn them down anyway, but their ambition really impressed me and I think we’ll mount a serious challenge with shirt sales in Q4.”
Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at Old Trafford, has come in for criticism for his lack of guile in the recruitment market, but he launched an impassioned defence of the club’s activities.
“We have a clear strategy to reject anyone who wants to come to Manchester United in favour of pursuing unsuitable targets that have absolutely no interest in joining us,” he said.
“That way, we know they are here to work hard, do their job and not just sit around awestruck by the likes of Phil Jones and Fred.
“Our financial results are a reflection of the success of our strategy and thanks to my latest deal to agree an official toilet brush partner, we will have the resources to compete with the likes of Wolves and West Ham this season.”