According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are hoping to appoint a director of football before the end of the year. But, while the appointment is necessary, fans should not expect an immediate transformation.

United are looking to bring in a man to remould their transfer policy, ensuring a coherence that has not existed since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. The problem is, that policy is in such a mess that it will take a few years to get back on track.

David Moyes must wonder what might have been, considering United barely spent a penny under his stewardship. In contrast, they spent huge sums under both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, with limited success.

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An expensively assembled group of individuals does not make a team.  So any director of football needs to sort the stars from the duds before doing anything else.

He will also lay his own marker, which will not happen overnight.  The new man will have his own ideas and instigating them will take time.

He will need to identify the areas of weakness in United’s squad and, most importantly, ensure an ethos is developed from bottom to top.

That is where long-term success for United now lies; in getting back to what served them well for so long.

The United way still exists.  But only with a consistency of vision will it return to the pitch.