Frankfurt sporting director to take Man Utd ‘back to top’?

Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic would take Man Utd “back to the top” if he was appointed by the Premier League club, according to Fortuna Dusseldorf board member Lutz Pfannenstiel.

The Red Devils were reportedly hoping to appoint their first-ever director of football before the end of last season.

Names such as Paul Mitchell of RB Leipzig, Ajax’s Edwin van der Sar and Atletico Madrid sporting director Berta have been bandied about over the last year or so but Man Utd have yet to make an appointment.


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Back in May, The Athletic claimed that ‘such a precise role is not on the agenda anymore’ as ‘United do not seek a guru to lead policy for signings, nor will anybody come in to take ownership of who sits in the dugout.’

Bobic, meanwhile, has signed the likes of Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic during his four-year tenure at Frankfurt, helping the club to DFB-Pokal glory in 2018 and Europa League qualification last season.

And Pfannenstiel – who used to be goalkeeper for 27 different clubs, including Nottingham Forest – thinks Bobic would be a great fit for Man Utd if they are still on the look out for a director of football.

“I’m very excited to see where Fredi’s path leads him. I think there are three options,” Pfannenstiel wrote for DAZN (via Goal).

 

“First, he could stay in Frankfurt for a long time, but I personally do not believe that. After all, what more could he achieve after double qualifying for the Europa League and winning the DFB-Pokal? Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig are currently difficult to reach for Frankfurt.

“Second, he could move to a top European club. Or third, he could do something completely different, something more exotic and work for a club where he can build something structurally.

“I personally would like to see how Fredi works with a bag full of money and which players he would sign. Even if working at a top club is completely different compared to developing and building up a club with limited resources, I am sure that Fredi would be up to the task.

“I am firmly convinced that he could lead a club like Manchester United back to the top. The question is rather whether he wants that. Conversely, top European clubs have long been on the downturn.

“At Man Utd, for example, restructuring with a strong sports director who works in the background of the trainer or manager, as they say on the island, would certainly work very well.”

 

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