I Remember a time when players with the calibre of Roy Keane turned down increased personal terms from other clubs, simply because he said he "could not miss out on the opportunity to play for Manchester United", it seems that times are changing rapidly in football.
You hear of so many ex United players stating that they could not resist the chance of playing for the reds, but that seems to be changing, obviously not helped by Russian and Sheikh billionaires investing in football clubs, and football agents advising players badly and trying to get the best deal for their client.
United also seem to be struggling to hang on to youngsters coming through the youth ranks these days. Although Ravel Morrison probably left for non footballing reasons, and was pushed towards the exit door in the end, Paul Pogba looks set to turn his back on the reds in favour of a lucrative offer from Italian side Juventus.
Sir Alex Ferguson mentioned a few months ago, that a contract proposal had been put to Pogba and his agent, and that United player Rio Ferdinand was also trying to persuade the Frenchman that Manchester United was the place for him to shine. Ferdinand was clearly involved because he is viewed as an experienced player in the squad who also has the respect of the younger players who look up to him.
This is where I feel the addition of David Beckham working behind the scenes as Manchester United's club ambassador could give the reds an edge, in what has proved to be a difficult and competitive transfer market to acquire the rising stars of the game.
Other teams have ex players doing similar roles, Close to home Patrick Vieria does a similar role and played a part in bringing Samir Nasri to Manchester City, obviously the other part involved a lucrative contract and a brown envelope addressed to the players agent.
Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid was responsible for Karim Benzema choosing the Spanish side over the red of Manchester. Zidane is a legend of world football who had a highly successful career, he made a call to Benzema in which he described his time at Real Madrid and told him that he should join them over United. So why don't United consider employing an ex player like Beckham to assist the club in its transfer dealings? Surly it would do no harm?
I am not for one minute being totally naive and suggesting that we would have signed all the transfer targets we have missed out on if Beckham was involved in the negotiations, but you must surly agree to some extent, that he would have enhanced Manchester United's chances of signing some of the players that have slipped through the reds landing net over the last few years wouldn't he?