Man Utd are cutting a sorry sight towards the end of this transfer window. The Red Devils were expected to make big strides towards securing their options and reinforcing the poorly-performing regions in their roster.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did stress that there may not be many deals made in the winter, if any at all, their plight has worsened over the period.
However, the Norwegian’side is now still in doubt to make even a single acquisition, albeit that player being Bruno Fernandes is still out in the open.
Having said that, the side may be making strides at securing another crucial off-the-pitch acquisition.
According to L’Equipe and other reports from France, Man Utd are in ‘advanced’ talks to secure Antero Henrique for a senior position at Old Trafford.
While the source does not specifically reveal the position, Henrique’s prior stints as the sporting director of PSG and a stint at Porto makes it seem increasingly likely that the Portuguese international is being sized up for a similar role.
The Director of Football position was one that United were expected to fill ahead of the current season, shifting to a more modern set-up where the manager functions as the head coach and the sporting director takes charge of the transfer business of the side, amidst other duties.
While United see a version of this under Ed Woodward, the vice-chairman’s lack of a footballing background and a generally poor reputation amongst the fans makes it seem unlikely that he’ll remain in the position for long.
At the moment, United seem to be in good hands if this deal goes through, given that Henrique oversaw the arrivals of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves during his inaugural summer with PSG.
Then again, a heavy spender may not precisely be what the club requires either.