The Red Devils endured a frustrating summer window as they missed out on top target Jadon Sancho, instead requiring a late flurry of last-minute deals as the likes of free agent Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles were signed on deadline day.
Sevilla transfer guru Monchi had expressed his bewilderment that a club of United’s standing did not have someone overseeing transfers, saying: ‘I can’t believe a club like Manchester United does not have this particular position. It’s essential.’
But Solskjaer has hit back at the criticism and says there is a lot of unseen work that goes on behind the scenes, while he is adamant United are moving in the right direction.
Responding to the comments, Solskjaer said: ‘There’s always people who want to talk about how well they’re running things and how well they’re doing.
‘We’ve all got different views on how football should be played and how clubs should be run.
‘It’s a process the club is going through all the time, discussing if we’ve got the right people in the right positions.
‘It’s not for me to say whether we should have a Director of Football.
‘At the moment we’re working with this structure and I feel the results last season we’ve seen a big improvement, fans looked at us and said we’re moving in the right direction. Hopefully we can carry that on this season.’
Monchi has enjoyed an incredible record of unearthing players for small fees and selling them on for massive profits – notably Dani Alves – and continues to do so now he is back at Sevilla, with Europa League-winning trio Lucas Ocampos, Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde all likely to command enormous fees.