Solskjaer insists Man Utd recruitment will remain the same despite director appointments

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald Updated: 17 May 2021 18:38 CEST 3 min read
Solskjaer insists Man Utd recruitment will remain the same despite director appointments

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Manchester United’s process of recruitment will remain the same despite the appointment of a new football director and technical director on Wednesday.

The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a new director of football for a while, with the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Monchi, and Andrea Berta mentioned as potential candidates.

In the end, the club have opted for an internal appointment, promoting head of football development John Murtough into the position, with previous first-team coach and player Darren Fletcher becoming technical director.

It is believed that Solskjaer will continue to have a major say in the club’s transfer dealings, however – something he alluded to in a press conference ahead of United’s Europa League clash with Milan.

“Of course everyone in world football is affected by the pandemic. It’ll be an interesting window,” he explained.

“The process of our recruitment is still going to be the same with new roles. Work we have been doing for years now anyway. The communication is very good and we are always looking to add quality to the squad.”

Overall Solskjaer is happy with both appointments.

“Darren will still combine with the coaching, of course maybe a little bit less,” the Norwegian explained.

“I am very happy we have made this decision and appointment. I’ve known John since I came and it is now more a formal role. He has been working well behind the scenes – he is a cultural fit. Very happy with what we have. Continuity and fresh ideas.”

Who will Man Utd sign this summer?

In the summer before the 2020/21 season, Man Utd’s primary transfer target was Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, but after the German side refused to back down on their £100m asking price, the move never materialised.

They remain on the lookout for a right winger, though, and could reignite their interest in Sancho if that price has decreased.

Another high priority for United is a new central defender to act a a long-term partner for Harry Maguire.

They have been linked with a host of names including Dayot Upamecano (who has signed for Bayern already), Sergio Ramos, Kalidou Koulibaly, and most recently Pau Torres of Villarreal.