Manchester United leading candidate to become club's first Sporting Director

By Mirror: Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 13:30 GMT +3 | Sports
Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward [Courtesy]

Manchester United have reportedly identified Atletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta as the leading candidate to become the club's director of football.

United are planning a restructure behind the scenes at Old Trafford with a host of names linked with the post.

The likes of Monchi at Roma and Juventus' Fabio Paratici are believed to be targets while Edwin van der Sar has distanced himself from the potential post.

But the Evening Standard reports Atletico chief Berta now tops the list for Ed Woodward.

Berta joined Atletico in 2013 before taking up a role as sporting director a year ago.

He is credited with helping complete the impressive acquisitions of Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak.

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Manchester United have reportedly identified Atletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta as the leading candidate to become the club's director of football [Courtesy]

United want a director of football to work closely with the manager in identifying possible new signings.

It remains to be seen how the potential introduction would impact boss Jose Mourinho, who was particularly critical of the club's summer transfers.

After failing to land his top targets, Mourinho joked he is now simply a head coach, as he has no influence over other areas of the club.

Atletico Madrid's Sporting Director Andrea Berta takes a photo with coach Diego Simeone [Courtesy]

The links with Berta come after Van der Sar branded reports over a return to Old Trafford as "nonsense".

"I still have a two-year contract. But Ajax is my club and I would like to stay longer," he said.

"The success we strive for and want to achieve is beautiful."

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