Darren Fletcher in Man Utd talks – but NOT over director of football role

Darren Fletcher in Man Utd talks – but NOT over director of football role

United are set to undergo a major rebuilding job this summer.

Several players are set to leave the club as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to completely revamp his squad.

But the backroom staff at Old Trafford are also in line for the chop, with Solskjaer reportedly concerned about the current set-up.

One position which is due to open is a director of football role.

“Certainly wouldn’t be going in as director of football”

Simon Stone

This is a job which will work closely with Solskjaer, focussing mainly on United’s scouting network, which many feel has become bloated with over 60 scouts operating worldwide.

One man who has been linked with the job is former midfielder Fletcher, who spent a trophy-laden 12 years at Old Trafford.

But BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone has squashed those rumours on Twitter today.

Stone admits Fletcher has been in talks with his old club, but is adamant he is not keen on taking up the role.

Amid Stone’s revelation about Darren Fletcher’s return to United:

Darren Fletcher in talks to return to Manchester United, but not over new director of football role

Darren Fletcher in talks to return to Man Utd, but not over new director of football role (Pic: GETTY)

Darren Fletcher won several trophies at United, mostly under Sir Alex Ferguson

Darren Fletcher won several trophies at United, mostly under Sir Alex Ferguson (Pic: GETTY)

“Re Darren Fletcher. There has been talks with Man Utd but no offer as yet,” Stone tweeted.

“Certainly wouldn’t be going in as director of football if anything did happen.”

Fletcher is yet to officially retire from playing, but will be released from Stoke this summer after a two-year spell.

The Scot has only made 13 appearances this term, having spent much of the season on the bench or with the reserves.

Mike Phelan is also linked with the role, meaning Michael Carrick could take his job

Mike Phelan is also linked with the role, meaning Michael Carrick could take his job (Pic: GETTY)

Solskjaer’s assistant Mike Phelan has also been linked with the post, though there is some uncertainty whether he would prefer the role of technical director or director of football.

Another familiar face, Phelan is understood to have a close personal relationship with Solskjaer, making him the ideal candidate.

However, Phelan is understood to only be keen on taking up the role if he is allocated full control of the club’s scouting operations.

Were he to get the job, Michael Carrick would likely take his place as Solskjaer’s no. 2.

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