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Report: Manchester United want DOF installed within two weeks

Manchester United want to appoint an inaugural technical director within the next two weeks, as the club’s summer recruitment plans continue to stall.

United had held talks with a number of candidates regarding the position, including former players Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher, as the club look to appoint a director to help oversee football matters.

However, despite the idea of a director of football being installed at Old Trafford first being floated last August, they are seemingly no closer to making an appointment, with Ferdinand suggesting the full extent of the role hasn’t even been fully defined

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted to complete his transfer activity by the time the squad returned for pre-season on July 1, however, Swansea City winger Daniel James’ £18m move remains the club’s only business of the summer so far.

The Sun are now reporting that the club want a technical director finalised within the next fortnight, in a bid to help conclude deals for the club’s key targets.

A move for Crystal Palace full-back Arron Wan-Bissaka is thought to be close, with United seeing two bids rejected for the England U21 international. Leicester defender Harry Maguire is also reported to be a target, whilst Solskjaer is believed to be interested in adding to his midfield options following the departure of Ander Herrera.

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