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Scholes pinpoints issue with Hargreaves Man United technical director argument

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Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United should appoint a technical director.

Recent reports claimed United are lining up Everton’s Marcel Brands to become the man to lead their recruitment operation after his success at Goodison Park.

United planned to appoint a technical director following Jose Mourinho’s sacking two years ago but the position remains unfilled.

Asked specifically about the links with Brands, Ferdinand said it could help ensure players arriving at Old Trafford fit the philosophy that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to implement, in a more centralised vision.

“Yeah, I think that’s the way the game is going. These are the guys who make all the big decisions at the club,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“Ed Woodward has been speaking about it, but it’s never really materialised for whatever reason. Recruitment has been an issue at the club for a number of years now, bringing in the right players, who fit the club going forward.

“If a manager goes, the person in that position normally is the person that makes sure that things don’t change dramatically when managers go out the door. There’s an ethos, a philosophy behind the scenes, and that’s not been the case going forward.”

Owen Hargreaves cited Liverpool as the perfect example of a club that has benefitted from the appointment of a technical director.

“I think you just look at Michael Edwards, what he’s doing at Liverpool, the job he’s done,” Hargreaves said. “The guy is putting on a clinic every summer in how to sign a player. Look at [Diogo] Jota, who has come in, the impact that he’s had. Liverpool had a really good team before Alisson came in and [Virgil] van Dijk, but you don’t need much then you go and sign one there, one there.

“You go from being a good team to a great team then add Fabinho, Thiago [Alcantara]. I just think that is the model, so I think you need that guy.

“It’s not just about the coach. They’ve tried [Louis] van Gaal, they’ve tried [Jose] Mourinho. I think Ole now, give him time, but they’ve got to sort that side out, the recruitment is the only thing that’s going to bridge the gap.”

Paul Scholes, however, expressed doubts over how well suited United would be to a technical director due to their lack of a discernible playing style under Solskjaer.

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 “The big trouble United have at the minute I think is they haven’t really got a way of playing,” Scholes said. “They change from week to week so how can they find a player?

“Say they play 4-3-3 every week, they can find the type of player. I can find two wide players. That’s the big difference with Sir Alex. He knew exactly the way he was going to play so he could buy the right types of players.

“It’s virtually impossible for a chief scout or director of football because you have no idea what sort of player you want.”

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