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Sport Manchester United 'lining up Marcel Brands' for director of football

10:40  22 november  2020
10:40  22 november  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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EVERTON supremo Marcel Brands is a leading candidate to become Manchester United ’s first director of football . Brands ’ stock is high after masterminding a summer of recruitment in which Marcel Brands helped Everton revamp their approach in the transfer market Credit: Getty - Contributor.

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

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

His contract with the Goodison Park club expires at the end of the season with Italian club Roma also interested in his services.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Marcel Brands 'is a leading candidate' to become Manchester United's first director of football © Provided by Daily Mail Marcel Brands 'is a leading candidate' to become Manchester United's first director of football Carlo Ancelotti wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Brands has worked with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti to revamp the club's recruitment © Provided by Daily Mail Brands has worked with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti to revamp the club's recruitment

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.

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United are not looking for a director of football to change the culture of the club but he will be part of the existing structure around manager Ole Gunnar Rather than overseeing recruitment, the new director of football would work with the current set- up , which includes Solskjaer and his coaches

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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.

United have been considering creating a director of football role for some time following their own recruitment problems under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: James Rodriguez (right), playing against United here, was a popular recruit for Everton © Provided by Daily Mail James Rodriguez (right), playing against United here, was a popular recruit for Everton Dave Woodward standing in front of a crowd of people: 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 © Provided by Daily Mail 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

They 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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