United have held internal discussions after a disappointing summer transfer window that led to tensions between Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Woodward and the board are keen to revamp the way the club recruit players and believe a new appointment would aid a more joined up approach.
However, sources said that United chiefs have included Mourinho in the process and are reluctant to impose a technical director on the 55-year-old, who has already been at the club for two-and-a-half years, unless he approves the choice.Mourinho has spent more than £360 million on players since arriving at Old Trafford in 2016, but was left frustrated this summer after he was allowed to spend just £68m to sign midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke.
He is keen to revisit his attempts to sign a centre-back once the January transfer window opens with Inter's Milan Skriniar, Milan's Alessio Romagnoli and Nikola Milenkovic of Fiorentina among those being considered.
Sources said that United are open to spending in January but only if the right opportunity emerges.
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