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Manchester United ‘lining up Everton’s Marcel Manufacturers’ to be their first director of soccer

Manchester United ‘lining up Everton’s Marcel Brands’ to be their first director of football after struggles in the transfer market with Dutchman’s Goodison Park contract up next year

  • Marcelo Brands has revamped Everton’s recruitment over the past two years
  • Dutchman won praise for summer arrivals including James Rodriguez
  • His contract at the Goodison Park club comes to an end next summer
  • Reports suggest Man United could make him their first director of football
  • Italian club Roma are also interested in recruiting highly-regarded Brands 

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. 

And the Dutchman, 58, currently fulfils the role at Everton and has been praised for his recruitment of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure last summer. 

Marcel Brands 'is a leading candidate' to become Manchester United's first director of football

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

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

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

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

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 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.



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