Jose Mourinho was left speechless after losing a central defender (Photo: EPA) Manchester United is ready to renew their approach to recruitment by hiring a director of football in reaction to their disappointing transfer window, according to reports.
Although the Red Devils have made three acquisitions – midfielder Fred, young full-back Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant – Jose Mourinho has been frustrated by a failed new central defender.
He is anticipating a difficult season as a result, and has criticized the club's advice for failing to keep the plans he had put in place "for many months".
Woodward wants to change the way United operates in the transfer market. (Picture: Getty) And now The Guardian reports that United will try to modernize its approach to recruitment by bringing a director of football to bridge the gap between manager and board.
Ed Woodward will still play a key role after the appointment, while Mourinho – and any of his successors – will be involved in the process.
But club leaders are hoping that a change of structure will lose focus on the manager and provide a model and style to sign players regardless of who is on the bench.
It is believed that Mourinho has clashed with the hierarchy of United on the profile of the transfer goals, with players like Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin considered too old from the board.
Jose Mourinho on the failed hunting at the center of Man Utd
"I think it will be a difficult season for everyone, not just for us. For us it will be a difficult season because I had my plans and I had my plans for many months. But I'm at the start of the Premier League, with the market closed, I'm in a situation where I thought I was not there, but I think it's the last time I talk about this. "
He had also been willing to download Anthony Martial and replace him with the thirty-year-old Willian, but United's decision makers prefer to focus more on development rather than on short-term solutions.
Mourinho has intimidated the way United has operated – and the amount of power he exercised – would have moved following the club's Friday night victory over Leicester City.
Mourinho has made the central defender his target No.1, but the United bosses have failed to deliver (Getty) Speaking with Sky Sports after the game, he explained: "I think football is changing, and probably the managers of football should now be called more coaches.
"We have a great and multi-functional coaching staff, and I think we are more the head coach than the manager. This is the way I think football is going ".
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