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Manchester United could hire Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands

According to The Sun, Manchester United are keen to wrap up a deal for Everton’s director of football, Marcel Brands.

The Dutchman has occupied the role at Goodison Park since 2018. He was instrumental in the club bringing in stars such as James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan this summer. (h/t The Sun)

Hiring a director of football has been a conversation that has continued since the departure of chief executive David Gill in 2013. Coinciding with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, United have since struggled to hit the transfer market jackpot. (h/t The Sun)

Manchester United are keen to wrap up a deal for Everton's director of football, Marcel Brands
Ed Woodward struggled to close deals in the summer window

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is the man currently in charge of transfers. He has come udner intense scrutiny after failing to land a number of targets in recent years.

Our pursuit of Jadon Sancho in the summer was a prime example of Woodward’s lack of decisiveness. Not only did we lose out on the young winger but were left scrambling to complete deals on deadline day.

It would appear that United are ready to finally ready to make a change at the top. Brands’ contract at Everton runs out next summer and he is considered a top candidate for the job. (h/t The Sun)

Marcel Brands has done a good job at Everton and could now turn around the fortunes of Manchester United
Marcel Brands will find it difficult to say no to Manchester United

The report goes on to add that such an appointment could spell the end of Woodward at the club. (h/t The Sun)

The proposed new structure will see Brands take center stage. The 58-year-old had earlier worked with Dutch sides RKC Waalwijk, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven.

Friends of the Dutchman have revealed that he would find United hard to turn down. Roma, too, remain keen on securing his services. (h/t The Sun)

United need a unified structure like Liverpool
United need a unified structure like Liverpool

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Teams such as Liverpool have gone on to make impressive signings in the transfer market. While it is difficult to admit as a fan, it is clear that the Merseysiders have hit gold in the market a number of times.

Rather than luck, it comes down to a structure within the club that works together to ensure the right players come in with minimal fuss. United will do well to take heed of that.

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