Ralf Rangnick has 'endorsed' Paul Mitchell hire to Manchester United's board

Manchester United interim manager has ‘endorsed’ the potential hire of Paul Mitchell to the club’s board, report The Athletic.

Mitchell currently under contract with Monaco as sporting director, and United are reported to be looking at him in a head of recruitment role.

Monaco themselves are undergoing a restructure and United have a chance of luring Mitchell away, who is from Manchester.

United last week let top scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout leave the club, creating a void which Mitchell could fill.

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Mitchell previously worked at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, before a spell at RB Leipzig, where he worked with Rangnick.

He was pictured with Rangnick at a FA Youth Cup game earlier this year, and while the German’s ‘endorsement’ of Mitchell’s qualities is unsurprising, it indicates there could be movement on this.

United have hired Erik ten Hag as manager, who is used to working with a sporting director, having done so closely at Ajax.

He spoke about his stance on transfers last week, explaining via Dutch outlet Trouw: “I am ultimately responsible and accounted for the results.

“I don’t want to be the sole ruler, I stand for cooperation, but control in transfers is a condition for me.”

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Mitchell would make recommendations, with Ten Hag deciding whether or not to take them forward.

His potential arrival could give United an edge to sign Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.

BBC Sport reported in 2018 how Mitchell was on United’s radar, but the club waited until 2021 to hire a football director, John Murtough.

Mitchell would work alongside with Murtough, Ten Hag, and Ralf Rangnick’s consultancy role.

The Athletic report United also explored interest in Brighton’s Dan Ashworth, who is heading to Newcastle United.

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