Report: Dan Ashworth could be working with Jose Mourinho at United next season, not Ed Woodward

Former West Brom chief Dan Ashworth is being considered for a top role at Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho is still in the frame to be Manchester United boss next season, but may not be working directly under Ed Woodward, The Mail report.

Woodward is the current chief executive who has come under criticism since replacing David Gill, with mixed results in the transfer windows and on the pitch.

The Mail claim United are plotting a restructure which will see Woodward moved aside, and a director of football installed.

The top name being considered for this position is FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth, The Mail report.

It is claimed this Manchester United's plan whether Jose Mourinho is appointed or not.

The report reads: "The director of football role, for which Ashworth is being considered, would be responsible for negotiating deals and plan for the future.

"Next season’s manager will have to work within the new structure even if that is Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea manager is still in the frame to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season with the top four regarded as an absolute minimum requirement by United executives."

Ashworth has experience in a similar role, previously working as technical and sporting director at West Bromwich Albion.

A fresh start which would allow Woodward to concentrate on commercial interests would be best for all parties, and Woodward is a potential coup for United who is a big advocate of young English talent, which could mesh well with helping Jose Mourinho to help bring them through in addition to spending big.

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