Lille sporting director Luis Campos has hinted he would be interested in becoming sporting director at Manchester United.
The shots are still called at the club by vice-chairman Ed Woodward, but reports suggest he wants to bring in someone who can help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Campos, who was Jose Mourinho’s assistant manager at Real Madrid and remains a close friend, has said having a sporting director in place would prevent the boss from being an ‘easy target.’
“I speak to Jose every week, sometimes every day, and I saw that Jose, in my opinion, had difficulties in Manchester because the club has another culture, which I respect of course,” Campos told Sky Sports.
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“If the coach is alone heʼs an easy target and he needs help. Everyone needs help in football. You canʼt play alone. Manchester United is an amazing club with an amazing story and for people around the world, it’s difficult to understand what has happened to this club.
“Itʼs difficult to see this club in difficulty, but if this difficulty is arriving itʼs because you have one problem. In my opinion the problem is sensibility. Itʼs important to work together. Sporting with economy. If you donʼt put these things together I believe you are heading for disaster.”
United have a woeful record since Solskjaer was appointed manager on a permanent basis in March and have made their worst start to a season in 30 years, but Campos, who helped unearth the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Anthony Martial at Monaco, believes he can help get the club back on track.
“I know very well the situation of Manchester United and other clubs – but, in my opinion, everybody needs a sporting director because the coach needs time to prepare for the next match and the super ego of the players too, so he needs people with sensibility. If a coach is alone it’s more difficult now,” he added.
“A sporting director is very, very important. Of course I believe I could help Manchester United, but I respect the politics of the club. Itʼs very prestigious, very, very prestigious, but in modern football you need a sporting director. If you have a sporting director you have this sensibility.
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“Before, the coach did everything, but now the information is arriving very fast. Now the world is very different. You need to know players in every part of the world. It’s important the club has one project and with a sporting director everyone understands where they go.
“You need one person with the sensibility for the sporting and economic situation. In modern football you need both to work together. If they don’t work together you have a disaster.”