Manchester United to appoint a technical director within a fortnight – reports


Manchester United are reported to be desperately seeking a new technical director and hope to appoint someone into the position inside the next fortnight. Talk of this materialised back in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was sacked. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as the caretaker manager, then was appointed in a three-year contract and talk of appointing a director of football seemed to die.

Then, speculation of a sporting director or a technical director materialised, which in turn added hope to the fan base that executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward had finally seen that bringing the club structure into this modern era was finally happening. This then suggested that the appointment could be made before the summer transfer window opened.

That did not happen either. In fact, all talk of this new role to be appointed at the club stopped and it was forgotten, until now at least. The likes of Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand had both been speculated in the media as being contenders for the technical director at the Old Trafford club, which has seemingly come to light once again, with United’s desperation a major factor in the reporting. It is true or is it just another slow news day?

It is suggested in the report that a technical director could be appointed at the club before the squad embarks on their pre-season tour, which starts in Perth, Australia against Perth Glory on the 13 July, following with another match in the city against Leeds United four days later. United will then be involved in the International Champions Cup in Singapore, Shanghai and Cardiff, facing Solskjaer’s former club, Kristiansund in between the final two matches of the summer.

It is said that the technical director will work alongside Solskjaer to pinpoint transfer targets and complete deals with Woodward approving deals, rather than overseeing them. If true, this is the first step to someone who understands football to start something at the club, which provided it works out, would be a great start in something happening which could see Woodward oversee the things he is good at and has interest in – bringing in the money.

United have been linked with more than 60 players so far this summer and have only signed Daniel James from Swansea City but are still hotly linked to Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Sporting Lisbon midfielder, Bruno Fernandes. United will require more incoming players this summer if they are determined to right the wrongs which have been made over recent years so a footballing man in the role is very important.

Only time will tell if this is yet more speculation in the media or whether United have finally admitted that it was not really the managers; David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho who caused all of the problems at the club during the past six years. Woodward and the clubs owners, the Glazers are also culpable for the lack of investment, funding and structure in bringing United back to the pinnacle of football.

Will Ferdinand or Fletcher be involved in helping the manager solve United’s problems in the future or will it be someone else? In time we will find out.

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