Manchester United supporters were left in a state of anger and incredulity after it was revealed by the BBC that the club would commence looking for a technical director now that the transfer window had closed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his defence substantially improved by the arrivals of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer.
However, the club’s fanbase responded with fury when deadline day passed without United finding a replacement for Romelu Lukaku or, perhaps worse, signing a midfielder – something the club had been reportedly seeking to do throughout the window.
To add insult to injury – or, from United’s perspective, to give fans a tonic of some sort following another misguided window – it was confirmed that, now that no further signings were possible, the search for a technical director to oversee outgoings and arrivals would restart.
Manchester United will begin their search for a technical director now that the transfer window is over. [BBC]
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) August 8, 2019
The responses were wonderfully multifaceted, but all contained the same basic sense of exasperation.
— محمد المنير (@smoketurkey) August 9, 2019
— Stevie G (@StevieGrainger) August 8, 2019
Be in place for 2024 season then!!😩
— Nicholas Dawkins (@dawkins1122) August 9, 2019
This was literally reported a year ago https://t.co/QrOkkVZrRa
— Aidan Boland (@aidanboland) August 8, 2019
Impeccably timed from @manutd don't you think? I'm smelling an awful lot of BS
— PjStan (@PjStan70) August 8, 2019
— Nish (@IamNishAya) August 8, 2019
Make no mistake: this is a deliberate brief from United to ease the sting of what has been, by all accounts, a below-par transfer window for a club which wants to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.
The worst thing about it is that United’s definition of a ‘technical director’ – although still remarkably unclear – is probably very different to the Monchi-esque figure supporters have been pining for.