Manchester United staff profiles
Written by Simon Austin — March 30, 2018
MANAGER & HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
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
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.
Retired at the end of the season after 12 years as a United player. Won five Premier League titles and the Champions League. Holds the Uefa Pro Licence and Mourinho sees him as an important link with the players.
Nationality: Northern Ireland
Appointed at the end of 2017/18 after Mourinho reshuffled his backroom team following the exit of Rui Faria. Joined from Spurs in August 2016 to coach the U18s and has built a good reputation.
A fitness expert, also appointed at the end of 2017/18. Worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan during the Treble-winning season of 2009/10.
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.
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
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.
Appointed last July. Close to United keeper David de Gea, who he helped bring through from the age of 18 at Atletico Madrid.
Provides a link between Mourinho and the analysts, headed by Paul Brand (below). Originally a graphic designer and compiles visual reports for the manager and players.
MEDICAL & SPORTS SCIENCE
HEAD OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE
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.
HEAD OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE
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 RECOVERY & REGENERATION
Joined United in November 2009 as a sports science researcher before being promoted to this newly-created position. Worked with Mexico at the 2018 World Cup.
HEAD OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Arrived from the English Institute of Sport in March 2008. Has been Head of S&C since July 2010.
SENIOR SPORTS SCIENTIST
At Barnsley and Darlington before joining United in 2010. Monitors training loads using tools such as GPS.
Stepped up from Academy to swap places with Neil Hough, who had held the position since 2014.
Stepped up from Academy to first team with Richard Merron at the start of the 2017/18 season.
A one-club man, having been at United for more than 20 years.
SPORTS SCIENCE & FITNESS
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.
Brother of Ben, the former United winger. With United since 2000.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST
At United since July 2002, having previously held the same role at arch rivals Liverpool.
HEAD OF FIRST TEAM ANALYSIS
Background is in stats and coding: a major growth area in professional football. Was with Blackburn Rovers before joining United in 2013.
Joined United in August 2017, having been at Everton for five and a half years.
At Derby County for more than three years, latterly as opposition analyst, before joining in December 2017.
ASSISTANT PERFORMANCE ANALYST
Joined from Wigan in September 2016 as Man Utd revamped their analytics department.
ASSISTANT PERFORMANCE ANALYST
Appointed in February 2018. Previous experience with Blackburn and Bournemouth.