Manchester United will finally look to appoint a Director of Football this summer with a host of top European figures in the running.
The Red Devils has squandered hundreds of millions of pounds since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013 and one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key requests upon taking the job last March was that the club overhaul their transfer policy.
United have operated between a manager and Ed Woodward since Ferguson’s departure, as this was a successful structure that worked between the Scot and David Gill.
However, the club have fallen short in the market, signing a mix-match of players under four different managers and handing out record wages to the likes of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez.
That has come to an end under Solskjaer and the Norwegian has made astute signings since taking charge, with the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes all considered successes thus far.
However, according to the Telegraph, Woodward remains keen to appoint a Director of Football to fit within the new philosophy and the likes of Antero Henrique, Fabio Paratici and Andrea Berta are all under consideration.
Despite growing pressure in the last 18 months to appoint a Director of Football, Woodward resisted. He felt that the new man would be under too much pressure to instantly correct United’s transfer policy but there’s now a sense that the healing process is already underway.
Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes have both been considered by United for a role within a new set-up, though not necessarily as Director of Football.
Woodward wants a committee around Solskjaer to aid the Norwegian in identifying and signing targets, so that players are signed for the club and not just the manager,
The lack of long-term thinking has cost United dearly in recent years as the likes of Memphis Depay, Di Maria, Morgan Schneiderlin, Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Darmian were all sold at a loss.
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