Former midfielder Darren Fletcher has been named as Manchester United’s first technical director.
The ex-Scotland captain returned to United in January as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching set-up.
The 37-year-old will now step up to become technical director focusing on “a co-ordinated and long-term approach to player and squad development”.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “Darren’s stellar achievements as a player and his own journey from academy to Premier League and Champions League winner means he naturally commands respect and understands this vital part of the club’s DNA.
“In this new role, the first in our history, he will deliver technical advice across all aspects of the football department as well as contributing to the communication and delivery of our football philosophy across all areas of the club.”
Fletcher has had a close look at the way things operate in recent months and knows what it takes to succeed at United, where the academy graduate won five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.
“It is great to be back with the club and I am delighted to be taking on this new role,” he said.
“We are moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Ole and his coaching team, and now with John as the football director, to help bring young players through and further develop the football side of the club.
“It’s fantastic to see that all the staff here are driving Manchester United forward towards a new era of success.”