Manchester United have been searching for a technical director at the club since the turmoil during the later stages of Jose Mourinho. According to Sky Sports, the search has been whittled down to a few candidates led by former midfielder Darren Fletcher.

The 35-year-old is understood to have held negotiations with the club over the position and the club wants an in-house solution. Rio Ferdinand had also been linked to the post in recent weeks but it looks like Fletcher has the edge.

Other contenders for the post include RB Leipzig head of recruitment Paul Mitchell who is highly rated for his ability to recruit players. Mitchell has been linked to Arsenal and Chelsea but the German side are understood to have tabled a new offer as technical director which he is likely to accept.

Dan Ashworth has also been suggested as a possible candidate for the job with his credentials in reviving the England national team a big plus for him but he currently holds the post as technical director at Brighton.

Fletcher who currently plays for Stoke City is out of contract in the summer has a history with Manchester United during his time under Sir Alex Ferguson. He came through the youth ranks and made over 300 appearances for the club.  It is understood that this new role would not involve much recruitment and is essentially a role that bridges the gap between the board and the coaching team.

Manchester United have been dysfunctional since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson spending over £500 million on new signings to no effect. The club are looking to emulate the model used by rivals Manchester City with the use of a head of recruitment and technical director.

This would leave CEO Ed Woodward to focus on the commercial side of activities which he seems to excel in. Fletcher would be a good addition as a former player that understands the values of the club.


Leave a Comment