Sporting director target told about two-pronged Manchester United remit

Date published: Wednesday 19th February 2020 1:07

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Antero Henrique has been given his remit at Manchester United, according to a report in France.

The former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director has been heavily linked with a similar role at Old Trafford in recent months and the The Independent on Monday claimed Henrique and Ralf Rangnick are both being considered by United’s hierarchy.

French publication Foot Mercato last month claimed Henrique could also be soon stepping into a sporting director’s role at Old Trafford amid claims that talks had been progressing over the last few weeks.

More recently, Soccer Link (via Sport Witness) reported that Henrique currently undertakes projects on a freelance basis and recently oversaw Mario Mandzukic’s move to Qatar from Juventus.

And the source claimed that another freelance project saw him play a considerable role in Bruno Fernandes’ move to United, which was finally pulled off after two weeks of talks with Sporting in January.




Now Soccer Link (via Sport Witness) report that Henrique “has already called upon the services of his network to analyse the feasibility of deals this summer”. And the 51-year-old Henrique already knows that United’s mission is “to rebuild a team capable of winning a Premier League while selling Pogba for a high price this summer”.

United have been in the hunt to appoint a director of football role since the start of last season, in a bid to take the heat off Ed Woodward.

Paul Mitchell of RB Leipzig, Ajax’s Edwin van der Sar, Monchi and Atletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta have all been mentioned as target over the last 18 months, but nothing has come off the speculation with United yet to make an appointment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said United were still looking for a suitable candidate over the summer: “Me and Ed (Woodward, executive vice-chairman) and Joel (Glazer, co-chairman), we are looking at how can this club be ran as smoothly and as well as possible.”


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