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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Manchester United director of football hint

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Manchester United could yet appoint a director of football as they review the club’s processes in the transfer market behind the scenes.

But the Norwegian insists he’s happy with United’s current set-up, despite criticism from Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who said he “couldn’t believe” a club like United wouldn’t have somebody in a similar role.

United first mooted the appointment of a director of football, or sporting director, more than two years ago but have still not made an appointment and the issue has gone quiet recently.

Solskjaer has taken a lead role in identifying targets in his time at United and his hit-rate in the transfer market has been impressive.

But the concerns have centred around the speed it has taken to sign targets and whether United have conducted enough business to keep pace with their rivals.

That’s been a particular issue in this window, with United having only signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax so far ahead of Monday’s deadline.

With executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward holding the purse strings and Matt Judge, head of corporate development, in charge of negotiations, there have been accusations of an absence of football knowhow when it comes to finalising deals.

Monchi acknowledged his surprise at the structure of United in an interview with the Daily Telegraph earlier this week and while Solskjaer accused the Sevilla supremo of wanting to highlight his own transfer market successes, he did reveal United were constantly reviewing whether their existing structure was the right one.

“There’s always people who want to talk about how well they’re running things and how well they’re doing,” said Solskjaer. “We’ve all got different views on how football should be played and how clubs should be run. We’ve got good people running our club.

“There’s always discussions behind the scenes, which people don’t know about, around how we’re doing things and evaluating how we’re doing things.

“It’s a process the club is going through all the time, if we’ve got the right people in the right positions.”

Asked if United could look to finally appoint a director of football after this window had shut Solskjaer said “it’s not for me to say”, but he did insist the club were making progress under the current set-up, something he was confident supporters could see.

“At the moment we’re working with this structure and I feel the results last season we’ve seen a big improvement, fans looked at us and said we’re moving in the right direction so hopefully we can carry that on this season.”

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