Manchester United staff profiles

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MANAGER & HEADS OF DEPARTMENT

MANAGER

Jose Mourinho

Nationality: Portuguese

An avaricious trophy collector who has claimed eight league titles and two Champions Leagues in his 17 seasons as a manager. Won the League Cup and Europa League last season, but has his eyes set on the Premier League this term.

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

John Murtough

Nationality: English

Joined in November 2013, having been Head of Elite Performance at Premier League. Previously in charge of the Academy at Everton. Role similar to that of a Sporting Director.

HEAD OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Steve McNally

Nationality: English

Was medic at Liverpool's Academy for eight years before joining United in July 2006. Publicly praised for his work by Sir Alex Ferguson on many occasions.

HEAD OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE

Richard Hawkins

Nationality: English

Joined United in 2008, having been Head of Sports Science at the Football Association and West Brom. In charge of United's physiology testing lab.

ASSISTANTS

ASSISTANT

Rui Faria

Nationality: Portuguese

First met Mourinho during a seminar at Barcelona. Mourinho took him to União de Leiria as fitness coach and the pair have been inseparable ever since. Has all the attributes required to become a top manager, according to Mourinho.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Silvino Louro

Nationality: Portuguese

Was a goalkeeper of some repute, playing 184 games for Benfica and 23 for Portugal. First worked with Mourinho at Porto and has been with him ever since.

TECHNICAL SCOUT

Ricardo Formosinho

Nationality: Portuguese

A former Primeira Liga midfielder who has managed more than 20 teams around the world. Worked with Mourinho at Porto and Real and came with him to United last summer.

HEAD OF FITNESS

Carlos Lalin

Nationality: Venezuelan

Spent a decade at Deportivo La Coruna before being taken to Real Madrid by Mourinho. Followed him to Chelsea & now United. Reported to have had a training ground 'bust up' with Portuguese last March. His role was beefed up this summer.

GOALKEEPING COACH

Emilio Alvarez

Nationality: Spanish

Appointed last July. Close to United keeper David de Gea, who he helped bring through from the age of 18 at Atletico Madrid.

MEDICAL & SPORTS SCIENCE

HEAD OF RECOVERY & REGENERATION

Robin Thorpe

Nationality: English

Joined United in November 2009 as a sports science researcher before being promoted to this newly-created position.

HEAD OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Gary Walker

Nationality: English

Arrived from the English Institute of Sport in March 2008. Has been Head of S&C since July 2010.

SENIOR SPORTS SCIENTIST

David Kelly

Nationality: English

At Barnsley and Darlington before joining United in 2010. Monitors training loads using tools such as GPS.

HEAD PHYSIO

Richard Merron

Nationality: English

Stepped up from Academy to swap places with Neil Hough, who had held the position since 2014.

PHYSIO

Jonny Picot

Nationality: English

Stepped up from Academy to first team with Richard Merron at the start of the 2017/18 season.

PHYSIO

John Davin

Nationality: English

A one-club man, having been at United for more than 20 years.

SPORTS SCIENCE & FITNESS

Paolo Gaudino

Nationality: Italian

Studied for a PhD at Liverpool John Moore's University before getting a job at United in July 2012. Praised by Matteo Darmian for helping him settle into the club.

SPORTS THERAPIST

Rod Thornley

Nationality: English

Brother of Ben, the former United winger. With United since 2000.

SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST

Garry Armer

Nationality: English

At United since July 2002, having previously held the same role at arch rivals Liverpool.

ANALYSTS

SENIOR PERFORMANCE ANALYST

Paul Brand

Nationality: Scottish

Background is in stats and coding: a major growth area in professional football. Was with Blackburn Rovers before joining United in 2013.

ANALYST

Giovanni Cerra

Nationality: Italian

Came to prominence last September when Mourinho gave him a dressing down on the touchline during the Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk. Originally a graphic designer and compiles visual reports for the manager and his players.

PERFORMANCE ANALYST

Luke Benstead

Nationality: English

Joined United in August 2017, having been at Everton for five and a half years.

PERFORMANCE ANALYST

Tom Green

Nationality: English

At Derby County for more than three years, latterly as opposition analyst, before joining in December 2017.

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