Manchester United had a disastrous summer transfer window.
Jose Mourinho managed to get three signings over the line early, with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant moving to the club.
But, despite Mourinho's wishes, Man United were unable to make any more signings.
Mourinho was actively pursuing a move for a centre-back but, for whatever reason, Man United failed to deliver any of his targets.
That would have frustrated Mourinho greatly, who will now have to wait just under five months to have the opportunity to add to his squad again.
Everyone involved at Man United will be trying their best to avoid having a transfer window like that ever again.
And they have put a plan in place to avoid doing so - and it's one they have never attempted in their 140 year history.
According to the Guardian, Man United are set to appoint a director of football to help aid the transfer process.
They write that the hierarchy recognised the disconnect between the manager and the executive this summer, and now see the need to modernise in an era when managers are often in situ only for the short term.
It is believed the move will create a more streamlined transfer policy and a continuity of football style and ethos.
Woodward is still expected to have a key role in recruitment following the appointment of a director of football, with Mourinho still substantially involved with signings.
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will be happy with the instalment of a director of football.
Nevertheless, from the outside looking in, this seems to be a good decision.
Man United's transfer window was chaotic to say the least.
There was a clear difference of opinion between Mourinho and Woodward, leading to a failure to secure any of their transfer targets.
Having a director of football will help the disconnect between manager and board, meaning more success when it comes to making signings.
It also seems like a good decision when you take into account that Manchester City work with a director of football.
Txiki Begiristain has worked in that role since 2012, and with Pep Guardiola since his appointment in 2016.
Man City have never had any problems when it comes to signings, and Man United hope that they can have the same success in the transfer market when their own director of football is appointed.
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