Marcel Brands lined up to be Manchester United's first ever Director of Football
Somehow, Manchester United still don't have a Director of Football
Has Manchester United's lack of a coherent transfer strategy that has led to numerous big money signings failing to settle and a world class talent currently sitting on their bench because their underqualified manager can't find a place in the team for him contributed to their lack of success in the post-Ferguson years?
But the club are reportedly looking to remedy that situation, with the Sun reporting that they are lining up Everton chief Marcel Brands to become their first ever Director of Football.
The Dutchman currently fulfils the role at Everton and oversaw for summer signings Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez.
His contract with the Toffees expires at the end of the 2020/21 season, with AS Roma and United among the clubs interested in acquiring his services.
Brands has only been at Everton for two years, but has been responsible for an overhaul of their transfer activity, which saw the likes of Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, Alex Iwobi and Djibril Sidibé.
According to the Sun, Brands would find an offer from United hard to refuse.
Should he join United, he will be tasked with the huge task of reshaping the squad which has suffered from years of mismanagement. Shifting Paul Pogba could be his first task, with the midfielder become less and less subtle with his hints that he fancies a move away after a difficult four years at Old Trafford.
There are other holes in the squad, with David De Gea increasingly error prone, the absence of a left footed centre-back, Anthony Martial's inconsistency in front of goal and the lack of a proper right winger that isn't Dan James.
Who could say no to that?
"I was like, 'we're here now, let's just get it done'. If I'd been a bit more patient, it would have been better."@DarrenBent recalls joining Fulham on loan because he "couldn't be bothered" to travel across London to Crystal Palace
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