Manchester United are aiming to appoint a director of football for the first time in their club history following in response to their disappointing Summer transfer window, according to reports.
Manchester United made three new signings with Shakhtar midfielder Fred, Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke backup keeper Lee Grant, but still, Mourinho was left disappointed by the inability to obtain another defender and possibly a right winger. The Portuguese manager also appeared to criticise CEO Ed Woodward a few times amid the preseason for his incompetence to land his targets.
But, to learn from the situations it is trusted that United are now set to take after the modern trend of adding a connection between manager and board amidst criticism of transfer dealings with a director of football.
The Red Devils intend to redo their transfer strategy once the current rebuilding of the club and extension of offices is finished. A director of football would be designated to give the additional layer of skill to distinguish players and any new manager arrangement.
United have not had a chief of football in their 140-year history but with this move, they are now expected to follow the likes Manchester City, Sevilla, Roma and Arsenal etc who have been benefited from the move.
Be that as it may, the addition of a director of football, however, won’t bring down the power of Mourinho or Woodward as both will also work on the targets but in addition, the new Sporting director will be entrusted with streamlining the procedure.
As of now, it is believed that the Red Devils have shortlisted the likes of RB Leipzig’s Paul Mitchell, Roma’s Monchi, technical director at the FA Dan Ashworth and former United and Ajax player Van Der Sar while names like former Monaco Sporting director Luis Campos and Juventus’s Fabio Paratici are also likely to be considered.
Paul Mitchell, a Mancunian by birth, acquired the signatures of Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne while at St Mary’s, before selling on for huge profits, while when he was at Spurs, he set up a recruitment system which brought in Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, Heung-Min Son and Kieran Trippier.
Ashworth on the other hand, impressed during his spell at West Brom and later his character has grown after England’s successful World Cup campaign followed on from age-group tournament wins for England at U17s and U20s World Cup, while the U19s won the European Championships.
Van Der Sar since retiring has become an elite name in the transformation of Ajax while work carried out by Roma’s Monchi and Juve’s Fabio Paratici have not too gone unnoticed.
Luis Campos, on the other hand, restructured the forgotten Monaco team by landing some fine players, including James Rodriguez, Bernardo Silva, Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko before leaving for an executive role at another Ligue 1 side Lille.