Major changes in club structure confirmed as players return from national team duty

Afternoon Bulletin

BACKROOM CHANGES

Manchester United have finally made changes to their backroom structure after years of mismanagement behind the scenes. Rebecca Britain’s appointment as Club Secretary was confirmed by club sources and the club are expected to appoint a Director of Football Operations. Both of the new appointments will work together and manage transfers and contracts among other things. Ed Woodward is now expected to be solely focused on the business part of running the club.

DE GEA ON GOLDEN GLOVE

Despite being named to all but two PFA Teams of the Year since his arrival in England, David De Gea is yet to win the coveted Golden Glove award. While he lost out so narrowly on the final day of the season two campaigns back, he’s in pole position this time around and the favourite to take home the individual accolade. When asked about the award, the shot-stopper said that he would love to win it every year and that it is a testament to not just the keeper’s ability but to the ability of the defenders to work as a unit.

TRAILS AT CARRINGTON

Manchester United are expected to hand Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi a three-week trial/training period soon. United fans will be hoping he has an impact similar to another Middle-Eastern attack who has set the Premier League alight with his performances this term.

BACK TRAINING

First team squad members are back in training today after the International Break. Squad members were seen heading to Carrington earlier today. Players like Ashley Young, Scott McTominay and Sergio Romero will also be assessed for knocks and injuries picked up on national team duty ahead of the league encounter at Swansea. Phil Jones meanwhile is expected to be available for selection after missing the past few games with an injury.

DALLAS CUP HEROICS

Manchester United under-19s thrashed Fukuoka Higashi 8-0 to book their place in the Dallas Cup semifinals. Mason Greenwood was on the scoresheet yet again as he took his tally for the tournament to four. But the hero of the game was Nishan Bukarat who bagged a hat-trick. Di’shon Bernard and Joshua Bohui were also among the goals with the latter managing to get on the scoresheet twice. United now face Arsenal in the semi-final stage in what is a mouth-watering clash.

ARTURO VIDAL TARGETTED

Chilean newspapers reported that United are willing to offer Bayern Munich close to 55m and Vidal wages in the region of 14m a year in an attempt to sign the powerful midfielder. The Chilean was once the centre of a summer saga involving United but he chose to remain at Juventus before moving to Bavaria soon after. United are hoping to recreate the Juventus midfield that reached the Champions League final three seasons ago with Vidal and Pogba pulling the strings for the Italian Champions that season. United are looking for central midfielders with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini set to depart.