Manchester United have needed structural change behind the scenes for quite some time but there has been no movement as of yet.

TMW report that United are eyeing up Antero Henrique for a role at the club, after another transfer window without any sense of direction or plan.

So who is Henrique and what could he bring to Manchester United?

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Where’s he been before?

Henrique certainly knows what it takes to be a success at famous European clubs.


His first boardroom role was at Porto, where he worked from 1990 and was made sporting director in 2005.

He oversaw seven league title wins as well as scooping the Europa League in 2011.

Then, he took on a different profile of job at Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, who have scooped six trophies before his depature in June 2019.

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Who has he signed?

Porto gained something of a reputation for picking up emerging talent – specifically from South America – during Henrique’s time at the club.

Landing Falcao in 2009 and James Rodriguez in 2010 are just two examples of the club identifying future stars and Henrique using his acumen to bring them to the club.

A large part of the role involved selling players on at a major profit and Henrique was at Porto when United signed Anderson back in 2007.

Offloading players at good prices is another area where Woodward has failed badly, but it has perhaps gone slightly unnoticed given his more obvious misgivings in terms of buying players

PSG of course have grand ambitions to rule Europe and within months of Henrique’s appointment in June 2017, they had landed Neymar – for a world record fee – and still found a way to structure a deal for Kylian Mbappe.

Again, he oversaw a clearout, with Tottenham’s Serge Aurier and new Leeds loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin among ten outgoing players in Henrique’s first window.

His second and final summer was less high-profile given the obligation to buy Mbappe took a huge chunk of his budget, but Henrique picked up bargain deals for Gigi Buffon and Juan Bernat, while overseeing yet more wholesale departures.

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Is there anything in it?

The report doesn’t contain a great deal of detail, but it does say that United are in talks with Henrique, whose record shows he is adept at securing big names, spotting a bargain and selling unwanted players efficiently for good money.

Yet again, Ed Woodward is coming under fire for his failings in the transfer window.

He has just hired a new PR adviser, Neil Ashton, formerly of the Sun. It is not too much of a jump to suspect it is on his advice that a rumour surrounding long-awaited change behind the scenes comes out as Woodward gets the flak.

Henrique would be a better option than others mooted in the past such as Rio Ferdinand, purely on account of his vastly superior experience of what it actually takes to run an elite club on the transfer side of things.

But does any United fan really expect Woodward to make the changes needed now?

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