Jose Mourinho was particularly vocal about Manchester United’s transfer strategy in the summer after failing to land his top targets.
The United boss wanted defensive reinforcements with Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld both linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Neither arrived and an angry Mourinho suggested he was little more than a head coach now after failing to get his way.
It would appear there are several members of staff at Old Trafford who have significant input in the club’s transfer plans.
And remarkably, three of they key figures behind the scenes have all been appointed by managers before Mourinho, reports the Mail.
Jim Lawlor has been the long-serving chief scout at Old Trafford, working closely with Sir Alex Ferguson during his final seasons at the club.
He was handed a new role in 2016 but still heads up a scouting network that continues to expand.
Part of that group is Head of Global Scouting Marcel Bout, who was drafted in by Louis van Gaal.
He initially joined as an opposition scout but took up the new role when Mourinho came in at Old Trafford.
Also thought to be involved in the transfer strategy is John Murtough, who is Head of Development.
He came in during David Moyes’ brief ill-fated spell, having previously worked for the Premier League. Murtough does not have a director role but does play a part in deals and was seen with Alexis Sanchez upon his arrival last January.
While the trio – and others – do have an impact, Jose Mourinho would hope the final say is with him.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward did knock back some of Mourinho’s targets in the summer.
But Mourinho is likely to have January targets already lined up with Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic on the radar.
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