Lille’s Campos ‘could help’ United

Roma and Chelsea have held talks with Lille over the future of sporting director Luis Campos, but the French want £2.6m compensation.

Lille sporting director Luis Campos admits he would be willing to do the same job at Manchester United and feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs help.

United have made a dreadful start to the season and pressure is mounting on the Norwegian tactician, with the Red Devils down in 12th spot in the top-flight standings and looking devoid of ideas on the pitch.

Vice-chairman Ed Woodward is the manager’s first point of contact but there have been calls for a director of football to be employed for many years.

Campos does the job with Les Dogues and was also Jose Mourinho’s assistant manager at Real Madrid.

The pair are still friends and he feels the Portuguese coach struggled at Old Trafford as he was isolated.

The 55-year-old is a big advocate of clubs employing a director of football and believes it would work at United.

“If the coach is alone he’s an easy target and he needs help,” he told Sky Sports. “Everyone needs help in football. You can’t play alone.”

Some managers are traditionalists and feel they should be in total charge of the football side of running a club while many continental teams already employ someone to work alongside the head coach.

It is not known whether Campos is in the frame to work at the Theatre of Dreams or whether Lille would let him leave that easily, but he appears to be ready for the task.

“A sporting director is very, very important,” he added. “Of course I believe I could help Manchester United, but I respect the politics of the club.”