Jason Wilcox has been appointed Manchester United?s new technical director with immediate effect after leaving Southampton. The 53-year-old becomes a key appointment at Old Trafford as part of United?s off-field overhaul following Sir Jim Ratcliffe?s arrival at the club. Wilcox joined Championship side Southampton last summer as their director of football, making the switch from Manchester City where he developed a reputation for nurturing excellent young talent as well as recruiting some of the best prospects in the game.

John Murtough stepped down as football director at Old Trafford last week. United are looking to add Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth to their staff as Ratcliffe continues his off-field rebuild after taking a 27.7% in the club. Wilcox will report to the sporting director, who will have overall responsibility for football performance, recruitment and operations.