Man United maintain talks with Juventus’ Matteo Tognozzi
We don’t see elite clubs giving the manager full control over transfers and it’s probably best to see managers come and go quickly.
Man United are the perfect example and obviously Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his faults, but it’s easy to underestimate how shambolic that squad was when they took over.
United had rattled through Moyes, van Gaal and Mourinho in a relatively short amount of time, but it also looks like they’ll all have the chance to sign their own players once they’re in power.
Moyes couldn’t bring most of the Everton roster so his impact wasn’t that big, but Mourinho and van Gaal flooded the roster with their favorite signings and no one really went any further, leaving them with a bloated roster of players from different Regimes were saddled.
That meant Solskjaer had to radically overhaul the squad while getting positive results on the pitch so the club seemed to be in much better shape going forward.
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Things could have been very different if they had a sports director who took a unified approach to transfers regardless of who the manager was, and it finally looks like the club is headed in that direction.
Our colleagues at Stretty News have reported that United Juventus boss scout Matteo Tognozzi is looking to join the team as the new sports director. If appointed, this could be a real game changer for the club.
Ed Woodward is currently playing a major role in transfers but his tactic of postponing negotiations until the end of a transfer window doesn’t always work. So having someone like Tognozzi in place could make a difference.
He will have an in-depth knowledge of the players who are about to be attacked by another top European club and he has also been with a team like Juve, which are strong in the transfer market.
It might be difficult to figure out how much influence he has had on these deals given that he is a chief scout in Italy rather than a sports director. So it would be a promotion if he moved to Old Trafford but it would mark a new era for the club and it would be interesting to see how it works.