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Manchester United linked to Monchi as bid to recruit a sporting director or a director of football needs to start hotting up!

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Manchester United are reportedly looking to challenge Arsenal to bring in Roma sporting director, Ramon Rodriguez Monchi. It is said that the sixth-placed team in the Premier League have the advantage though because of manager Unai Emery already having a working relationship with the 50-year-old from his time at Sevilla, where the club won a hat-trick of UEFA Europa League titles.

United desperately need to add a sporting director or even a director of football to their ranks before the summer comes, otherwise it will be down to Ed Woodward to lead the club through the summer transfer window, which will show his ineptitude even more, if the last six years have not proven that he is incapable to think in the way someone who actually knew about football would. Under Woodward’s watch, United has spent more than £700 million on players, not actually buying what the club needed.

Woodward spent a lot of the time chasing those who were unattainable, most of the time seeing the said players use United to get better contracts or move to other clubs. Woodward was obsessed with Gareth Bale, who chose Real Madrid, Cesc Fabregas, who stayed at Barcelona another year before signing for Chelsea, even seemingly trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to the Theatre of Dreams, with the Portuguese international using United years after year to get a new contract.

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Whilst the rumours about Monchi will be just that, it is expected that United will start to move forward in their bid to bring in executives who know all about football. The sad thing that would remain though is that Woodward and his cronies, the Glazers, would still have the final say over anything, which would probably be motivated by money and greed. United would be best suited getting rid of the Glazers, ensuring that Woodward went with them, but right now, that is near enough impossible.

Monchi is a very experienced man and knows what he is doing. I don’t think he would be a yes man, which would probably rule him out of the Old Trafford job. The worrying thing is that United had a capable person to do this job in Javier Ribalta who actually left his role as the head scout to become the sporting director at Zenit St Petersburg last summer. Imagine if United had thought of that a year ago when the thought of a director of football or even a sporting director was always rejected!

I would fully expect Monchi to head to Arsenal. Working with a manager he has worked with before. Knowing how Emery does things and it will be someone who will also get on with Emery, based on their previous working relationship. This story will probably turn into something like; “Manchester United miss out on Monchi as Arsenal sign sporting director instead,” which seems to be the case with the media of late. No facts, just pure speculation.

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