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Evra reveals first transfer he'll make if he becomes Man Utd director of football

FOOTBALL By Mirror | September 24th 2019 | 2 min read
Ex-Man United left-back Patrice Evra [Courtesy]

Patrice Evra says Paulo Dybala is first player he'd sign if he was to become Manchester United's director of football.

The former Red Devils left-back called on the Red Devils to give him a job following United's 2-0 defeat by West Ham on Sunday.

On Instagram, Evra wrote: "I think it's time to get our hands dirty! Manchester United board, are you ready to let us help you guys?"

And in response to a follower who told Evra to "handle the transfers for the club" the Frenchman replied: "Paulo Dybala will be my first".

United have never had a director of football but appear keen to fill the role, and have been in contact with a number of former players in regards to the position.

Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar and Evra have all been linked with the job, but Man United are yet to make a final decision.

The Red Devils released a statement updating the club on the board's priorities for the season, hinting that a director of football may be hired.

The statement from a Manchester United spokesman in full:

"Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.

"At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years.

"It's important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.

"Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical.

"We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.

"We are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football side. Much of the speculation around this type of role focuses purely on recruitment.

"We've materially expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this runs in an efficient and productive way. Many of the senior staff in these roles have been at the club for over 10 years.

 

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