Manchester United will eschew the appointment of a director of football after their disappointing transfer window for fear of undermining chief executive Ed Woodward, the
United struggled throughout the summer to land their primary transfer targets, missing out on Barcelona midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas – with the former moving to Bayern Munich and the latter remaining with the Catalans – as well as Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira from Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera.
Moyes eventually added Marouane Fellaini to the United squad but the deal for the Everton midfielder did not go through until late on transfer deadline day, a full month after the Belgian’s transfer release clause had expired.
The feeling around Old Trafford is that United need scouts who not only rate the ability of players but the club’s chances of signing them, to avoid a repeat of the summer in forthcoming transfer windows. To that end, Moyes intends to appoint his own scouts.
It is claimed by the Mirror that United were unsure as to the price stipulated in Thiago’s contract after receiving conflicting reports, despite sending Jim Lawlor to Spain to meet with the Alcantara family. Lawlor was also involved in the failed attempt to sign former Arsenal captain Fabregas.
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