Marcel Brands ‘is a leading candidate to become Manchester United‘s first director of football’.
United have been considering creating the position for some time following their own recruitment problems under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Marcel Brands ‘is a leading candidate’ to become Manchester United’s first director of football
Brands has worked with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti to revamp the club’s recruitment
United’s transfer business is overseen by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward but there has been talk the club will create a director of football role for some time
His contract with the Goodison Park club expires at the end of the season with Italian club Roma also interested in his services.
According to The Sun, Brands is now being linked with a newly-created director of football post at United and would find an offer hard to refuse.
Brands, who enjoyed a long playing career in the Dutch leagues, had been director of football at RKC Waalwijk, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven before joining Everton in 2018.
Since then, he has revamped the club’s recruitment policy after a number of questionable moves in the transfer market.
James Rodriguez (right), playing against United here, was a popular recruit for Everton
Woodward and transfer negotiator Matt Judge have largely overseen United’s transfer strategy in recent years but there has been talk of appointing a director of football for some time.
Former United stars Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar have been mentioned in relation to the new director of football role.
Former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique and ex-Leicester and Everton head of recruitment Steve Walsh have also been linked with a prospective United director of football job.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand has previously been linked with a director of football position at the club should they create one
United missed out on Borussia Dortmund pair and targets Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland
United’s hierarchy have been criticised this year for failing to land prime targets Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, both of Borussia Dortmund, then signing the ageing striker Edinson Cavani close to deadline day.
That came off the back of a number of expensive failures in the market under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three predecessors as manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez and Morgan Schneiderlin are just three of the players signed at great expense only to flop at Old Trafford.