Man Utd to resume sporting director search after transfer window closed

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Manchester United are to resume their search for a technical director now that the Premier League transfer window is closed.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to former Red Devils players Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher earlier this summer about working alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

At one stage the club had hoped to have a technical director in place by the start of the new Premier League season.

But, with United preparing to kick off their campaign at home to Chelsea on Sunday, that has not materialised.

United had other matters to concentrate on ahead of transfer deadline day, with wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba now looking set to stay after Solskjaer’s side did not bring in a replacement by the close of the window on Thursday.

Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand have both been spoken to about the technical director role

Centre-back Harry Maguire, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James joined the Red Devils earlier in the summer, while United dropped their interest in Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, and striker Romelu Lukaku joined Inter Milan in deal worth up to £73.75million.

But now that United’s transfer business is complete, the club can get back on the trail of a sporting director.

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Woodward has kept Ferdinand and Fletcher in the loop about timescales for an appointment, according to Simon Stone of the BBC .

Former United defender Ferdinand has previously said he was concerned about the lack of “an ideology” at the club .

Ed Woodward had hoped to install a technical director by the start of the new season

“Manchester United are looking for their ideology still,” said Ferdinand, in an interview with the Telegraph in June. “They went away from it after Sir Alex Ferguson, they tried to take it on under different managers and it didn’t work so they are still searching.

“They need to lock down a philosophy, an ideology, but it’s not just the first team. It needs to be across the club, with younger players and the foundations, all the way through.”

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has also been linked with the role .





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