Manchester United are going through one of the most difficult periods in the club’s entire history. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken much of the blame, but some of that blame could also be linked to a lack of structure higher up in the club.
They currently sit seventh in the Premier League after 26 games, with just 12 remaining as they chase a spot in the top four.
They’ve won just ten league games all season, drawing eight and losing eight. And they’ve scored just 38 goals in the campaign, conceding 29.
It’s a worrying time for the manager, players and fans. But many believe those in the higher echelons of the club should be shouldering some of the responsibility this season.
And many have already taken action against the likes of chief executive Ed Woodward. But many of the problems could be down to a lack of technical director at the club.
Countless top European sides have benefitted from having someone with football knowledge and experience in such a role, and United have been looking to appoint someone in the position for some time now.
The Manchester outfit outlined their ambition to have someone in the post when Jose Mourinho left the club. But that was December 2018, and they have yet to appoint a technical director.
Like their European counterparts, United could hire someone to define their transfer strategy going forward. And once again like their fellow European sides, it could be a former player who knows the club and knows their inner workings.
But there are also several names linked with the potential post that have no previous history with the club, but people who certainly know how to help.
Paul Mitchell is one such name. He’s head of recruitment at German side RB Leipzig, but could make the switch to Old Trafford in a similar role.
Mitchell is currently 5/1 to be Man Utd’s next technical director.
Former United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar can be backed at 10/1. Lille director of football Luis Campos meanwhile is available at 16/1.
Current boss Solskjaer is available at 20/1, as is his former team-mate Gary Neville. Ex-Bundesliga coach Ralf Rangnick and Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta are both 33/1.
Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici is also 33/1 to be the next Technical Director at Old Trafford. The trio of Jordi Cruyff, Michael Zorc and Marcel Brands are all available at 40/1.
Former captain Eric Cantona is currently 50/1, with Nicola Cortese, Peter Schmeichel and Les Reed all available at 66/1.
And finally former United legends David Beckham and Paul Scholes are also in contention. They are currently 80/1 and 100/1 respectively to take over the role.