Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15.41 10 Mar 2021


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed the restructuring of team affairs at Manchester United. 

Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been formally appointed to the role of technical director.

While John Murtough is promoted to football director.

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Both individuals have been embedded United for some time, with Murtough's presence a legacy of the brief David Moyes era.

It's led to the manager being very comfortable with the new arrangements.

"Darren will still combine with the coaching, of course, maybe a little bit less on the coaching side," Solskjaer said ahead of Thursday's Europa League meeting with AC Milan, "I’m very happy that we’ve made this decision and the announcement."

"Of course, I’ve known about it for a little while. I’ve known John [Murtough] since I came in, he was here when I came.

"Now it’s more of a formal role, with the job title. He’s still been working behind the scenes and I’ve worked well with him. It’s a cultural fit.

"We know we’re a work in progress. What we’re doing, we just want to improve on and better it.

"So I’m very happy with what we have. We’ve still got the continuity of the last few years, but have got new ideas and fresh thinking with Fletch, who’s been at the club before and has come back now."

Solskjaer says the appointments of Murtough and Fletcher will change little in their approach to the transfer market.

"The process of our recruitment is still going to be the same, with John and Darren in their new roles," the manager said.

"It’s work that we’ve been doing for years now, anyway, with the manager, with the scouting department, with the analysis department. That won’t change at all."

On the human resources front, Solskjaer is hoping he can convince Edinson Cavani to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

The Uruguayan striker signed a one-year deal in October, with the option of a second. That option is yet to be triggered.

Matters were complicated on Tuesday with Cavani's father Luis saying, "By the middle of the year he will return to South America.

"My son's idea is not to continue there, he wants to return."

A move to Boca Juniors has been mooted.

Solskjaer says Cavani's experience has been a huge boon around the training ground and dressing room this season, adding, "From my bad Portuguese/Spanish and his better English, he’s very proud to play for Manchester United.

"He’s always going to give his best, if it’s beyond this season as well.

"The decision hasn’t been made. As we’ve said, he’s made a great contribution so far.

"We’re just working on getting him back on the pitch and fit and we’ll convince him when the weather in Manchester improves."

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