As things stand, Manchester United are still without a director of football.
Reports suggest a Technical Director will be appointed before next season, though what sort of preparation is that when there’s a new manager in need of financial backing.
Spending money this summer is one thing, spending it wisely is another. Another failed transfer window will see United back in the same place next year, if not worse.
With this void, former club captain Gary Neville is concerned Solksjaer could end up multitasking.
Neville said on Monday Night Football, as per Sky Sports: “He (Solskjaer) needs big money unless they can cash in on someone who is worth big money – there’s David de Gea and Paul Pogba.
“The two I’d be worried about are De Gea and Marcus Rashford. There’s talk about both of them not signing a new deal but I think Rashford will sign. They will have to throw money at it. However, it’s not as bad as everyone makes out.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is to coach the team. He identifies which players he wants and the club gets the maximum value for the players going out and they bring in the right players. My concern for Ole is: who is going to do this (recruitment) for him?”
I think most fans have this fear at the moment, with Ed Woodward likely to remain in charge of transfers this summer.
And, if Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho struggled to work with the Glazer puppet, so will Solskjaer.
That’s why the club is in need of a clear structure – from top to bottom – and it must start now as we prepare for our first full season under Solskjaer.
There had been some talk of Edwin van der Sar being in line for the job, though that has gone very quiet in recent weeks.
“I don’t know who at the club could navigate the job that needs to be done to put Manchester United into championship territory. It’s a two-year job to turn that squad into one that can win the title. I don’t think they’ll get everyone in they want and I don’t think they’ll get the ones out – it will take two years and plenty of patience.
“What the club have done over the last few years will need some unravelling. It will need some unpicking – that’s Ole’s main job. If the club are going back to the days of pace, power and counter-attacking, then they will have to adapt the current squad but it will take some time and work from someone that is qualified to do it.”
Woodward is an example of someone not qualified to be leading the way for Manchester United in the transfer market. Neville himself probably feels he wouldn’t be qualified to do it either.
This isn’t any DoF role. We’re talking about the DoF at Manchester United!