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John Murtough Has Three Transfer Priorities After Manchester United Appointment

 

Manchester United’s search for a football director is finally over.

United announced the appointment of John Murtough as football director, while also installing Darren Fletcher as the club’s technical director. Both appointments are internal.

Murtough, who joined the club in November 2013, will have the responsibility of leading and overseeing operations across United’s men’s and women’s teams, including the academy.

This will include heading up United’s transfer strategy, liaising with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regarding recruitment ‘to ensure that the first team has the best-in-class operations support it needs to succeed’.

Fletcher rejoined United as a first-team coach in January, and the 37-year-old will offer ‘technical input and direction into all football and performance areas’ as technical director.

With United looking to consolidate a possible runners-up position in the Premier League, this summer’s transfer policy could have huge ramifications on future title aspirations – it’s perhaps a sliding doors moment

United were left in an uncomfortable position in December when Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, said his client’s Old Trafford career was ‘over’.

To Pogba’s credit, his performances on the pitch since those revelations have been nothing short of outstanding, and his professionalism should be lauded. The 27-year-old’s current deal expires next summer, though.

With contract negotiations yet to start at United over a new deal, and with several clubs interested in securing his signature, Pogba’s future needs immediately addressed.

Pogba is arguably the only world-class player United lay claim to, but if he desires a move away from the North West, no player is bigger than United and he should be allowed to leave

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