Who is Luis Campos, the talent spotter willing to help Manchester United?

Speaking this week to Sky Sports, Lille sporting director Luis Campos has given his verdict on the structure at Manchester United and feels he could do a good job at Old Trafford.

He said: “Manchester United is an amazing club with an amazing story; it’s difficult to understand what has happened.

“Of course I believe I could help Manchester United. I want to work with a big club one day. I am happy here – so only a special situation will make me change a project.”

So who is the man who could be interested in helping United transform their fortunes behind the scenes and what do his comments mean for Ed Woodward?

Who is he?

Portuguese 55-year-old Campos arrived at Lille in October 2016 and has been a part of the Ligue 1 club’s return to the Champions League.

His role as sporting director is not one that currently exists at Old Trafford, where Woodward inexplicably controls both the commercial and football sides of affairs behind the scenes.

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What has he done?

In 2012, Campos joined the technical staff of Real Madrid, while his compatriot Jose Mourinho was in the dugout.

His role centred around scouting potential targets but also forthcoming opponents to spot strengths and weaknesses.

In 2013, he went to Monaco as a sporting adviser and helped lay down the foundations for their unlikely run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017.

Sky Sports claim he played a role in unearthing Kylian Mbappe, Nicolas Pepe, James Rodriguez, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy as well as current United star Anthony Martial.

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What do his comments mean for United and Woodward?

First of all, those comments prove that there is at least one high-level operator who would potentially be interested in coming to sort out United’s mess behind the scenes.

So far, Woodward has not come up with a clearly defined job description for a behind-the-scenes role on the football side.

That is nothing short of shambolic mismanagement. Noises were being made about drawing up that role when Mourinho was sacked and still an outline of what it might entail hasn’t been forthcoming.

Woodward also seems wedded to the awful idea of making a PR decision – appointing a former United player, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra or Darren Fletcher, for example – rather than getting a proven, elite operator in.

Campos’ track record shows he is adept in an area where United are severely lacking; identifying emerging talent at a good price and laying foundations to improve clubs on the recruitment side.

Does anybody trust Woodward to even put together a position Campos would even be tempted to trade Lille for? Absolutely not, but his comments only serve to ramp up the pressure on him and highlight even further his incompetence.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.