Manchester United keen on adding a technical director to add strength to the club and back up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United are reportedly keen on adding a technical director to the clubs hierarchy this year in a bid to bring the club into the modern era of football and add some support to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It will be six years this summer that Sir Alex Ferguson retired and perhaps now is the time to safeguard the club for the future.

The reports suggest that at present, there seems to be no indication as to when the appointment would be made but it was suggested that it could be before the 2019/20 Premier League season starts in August. Surely, if common sense was present, there would be a time limit to get the technical director into the club at the earliest opportunity.

Using logic, this summer is going to be important for the progression of the club, which has not really moved forward in six years. Solskjaer has been given a three-year contract at the club, so that is the first hurdle cleared, getting a technical director in at the end of the season would be the second hurdle, any later than this could, in effect, cause more harm.

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It is expected that the technical director’s responsibility would be strengthening the first team squad, which has been problematic over the past six years with more than £700 million spent and many of the players that were purchased no longer being at the Old Trafford club. The successful candidate would also support the management team.

It has also been speculated that the technical director would be tasked with structuring the long-term recruitment strategy of United’s academy and the integration of players making the step up from youth football to first team football, which is an intrinsic factor of United’s DNA and something that will be good to see return.

Over the past three years or so, there have not been many academy players who have been brought through into the first team. Currently, Marcus Rashford would be the most successful player to have done this, making his debut for the club in the UEFA Europa League against Midtjylland, scoring a brace on the night with United winning 5-1.

Jesse Lingard will also be considered a success, emerging from the academy and integrating within the first team, despite being a late developer, as Ferguson suggested many years ago now. Other players, such as Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira are currently working to become regulars in the team, at the moment, both being on the fringes.

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United has a lot of talent in the academy currently with Angel Gomes, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood all on the cust of the first team, with all of them given significant chances under Solskjaer since he took over from Jose Mourinho in December. Having a set plan to promote youth, with more structure, would be beneficial for United.

It certainly is a positive period for the club, providing everything goes to plan this summer. Solskjaer has given the indication that he would like to work within this modern structure and that he has had discussions with the clubs executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward about all of this, however, he will not have any final say on who is appointed to the role.

There is more good news too, it has been suggested that the Old Trafford club is moving quickly to secure Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna to new contracts and it has been suggested that the period between tonights clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers and next Wednesday’s clash with Barcelona to finalise new contracts for them all.

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