Ed Woodward will remain in charge of deciding Manchester United transfer policy with the appointment of a potential technical director put on hold, according to reports.
United are going through a background restructuring process, with executive vice-chairman Woodward believed to be looking to bring in a technical director having named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager.
Woodward is reported to have spoken to ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand as he looks to fill the role, but the exact intricacies of such conversations are unclear, while Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra have also been mentioned as potential candidates.
However, the Daily Mail report on Wednesday that Woodward ‘has yet to identify a preferred candidate’ and will carry on transfer business himself.
The newspaper says that the recent deal to bring Daniel James to Old Trafford from Swansea was negotiated by United’s head of corporate affairs, Matt Judge, before Woodward signed everything off.
United ‘feel the system works’ that is currently in place where Solskjaer, assistant Mike Phelan – who ‘take an active part in deciding transfer targets’ – or United ‘can veto any signing’.
Solskjaer faces a major restructuring job this summer after the club finished sixth in the Premier League last season, with the likes of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka linked.