Breaking: Manchester United finally appoint director of football and technical director

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Manchester United have finally appointed a football director in John Murtough, with Darren Fletcher installed as the technical director.

It’s the first time in the club’s history that a director of football has been appointed.

The likes of Sevilla transfer guru Monchi and former Lille sporting director Luis Campos linked with the role but Manchester United finally opted on ptomoting from within.

Murtough was brought to United in November 2013 by then-manager David Moyes, having worked with Moyes at Everton, and became the club’s head of football development in 2016.

Following his appointment as director of football, Murtough will have ‘overall leadership and responsibility for operations and strategy across all football functions’ and will ‘work day-to-day with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to align recruitment and other strategies.’

Fletcher, meanwhile, had been coaching at United but now has an official role as Technical Director at Old Trafford.

In his new role, Fletcher will offer ‘technical input and direction into all football and performance areas’. Fletcher has been overseeing United games with the analysts, rather than flanking Solskjaer in the dugout.