Lille sporting director Luis Campos has said Manchester United should hire a sporting director after the club's dramatic fall from grace.
Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward recently refused to endorse rumours the club will hire a director of football, stating United's evolving recruitment strategy is satisfactory, per Metro.
However, Campos has said United should restructure after the failure of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. The Lille director is a friend of Mourinho and explained Woodward must find a way to bridge the gap between the commercial and football ambitions of the club.
Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro), Campos explained why he believes United have struggled to find the right balance:
"I speak to Jose every week, sometimes every day, and I saw that Jose, in my opinion, had difficulties in Manchester because the club has another culture, which I respect of course.
"If the coach is alone he's an easy target and he needs help. Everyone needs help in football. You can't play alone. Manchester United is an amazing club with an amazing story and for people around the world, it's difficult to understand what has happened to this club.
"It's difficult to see this club in difficulty, but if this difficulty is arriving it's because you have one problem. In my opinion the problem is sensibility. It's important to work together, sporting with economy. If you don't put these things together I believe you are heading for disaster!"
United announced a club-record £627.1 million of revenue in September, placing them only second to Real Madrid. However, with the club out of this season's UEFA Champions League, the Red Devils might struggle to repeat its financial position if the team continues to fail on the pitch.
The 55-year-old Campos added he believes he could help United and said a manager can no longer handle both recruitment and training, making the sporting director role essential in an overall structure.
United had unprecedented success during Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure between 1986 to 2013, and the iconic manager was involved in all parts of the football club. Modern coaches do not carry this weight of responsibility anymore, and a more robust structure is in place at many top-flight clubs.
Campos has been involved in the recruitment of key talent at both Monaco and Lille, and as Mourinho's friend, he has an insight into the fellow Portuguese's experiences at Old Trafford before his sacking last December.
United have opted to focus on young British talent last summer with the captures of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, and despite the trio impressing, the team have seen results stall.
The issue at United could be the speed of recruitment during a vital 12 months, and if current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot integrate youth and the remaining senior players into a winning team, Woodward and the Glazer ownership might have to consider a dramatic restructuring of the club's boardroom.