​​Manchester United are reportedly close to appointing a new director of football - and Luis Campos is believed to be the club's leading choice.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has spent 18 months looking for the right man, who now appears to be the Portuguese. Campos currently holds the director of football role at Ligue 1 side Lille, but ​The Sun claims he could now get the same post at Old Trafford.

Campos has been known for his incredible ability to unearth gems such as Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, and Anthony Martial. He also took Nicolas Pepe to Lille before the winger's £72million transfer to ​Arsenal.

The report adds that former United boss Jose Mourinho favoured a move for fellow countryman Campos, but back then, Woodward felt it would have given the current ​Tottenham manager too much power. However, since then Woodward has had a change of heart due to his amazing track record at Monaco and present club Lille.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his squad bolstered in the summer with the purchases of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Daniel James, but a run of poor results have seen the club languishing in the fifth position on the ​Premier League table, trailing ​Chelsea by five points ahead of their clash with ​Liverpool on Sunday.

Solskjaer's men have lost six top-flight fixtures this season and have at times lacked verve and energy in the midfield and attacking areas, in complete contrast to their Anfield opponents.