Manchester United hire two new scouts to focus on London
According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United continued their restructure at youth level as the club hired two new scouts that will be focusing on talent from the London area.
Manchester United are taking major steps to bolster their youth department despite the recent departure of Nicky Butt who was the head of the first-team development.
The club are focusing their attention towards bringing in more and more homegrown talent within the club, with the Red Devils said to be targeting the best youngsters aged 17/18 across the country and the globe.
While the north-west remains a key area of focus, Manchester United are also looking to strengthen their reach in and around the capital, by adding two more personnel to the scouting network.
The same was confirmed during a fan forum held earlier this month, during which Football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher spoke.
“The northwest area remains important to ensure we convince the next Marcus (Rashford), Jesse (Lingard) or Mason (Greenwood) to play for United.
“The scouting network across the rest of the UK have also been strengthened. Recently, two new scouts have came on board to focus on the London area. The club’s tradition of looking at bringing in the best 17/18 year olds from across the world will also continue.”
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Manchester United’s focus on young, homegrown talent coincides with a change in rules due to Brexit which hampers recruitment of youngsters from outside the country for all Premier League clubs.
Manchester United is a club steeped in history of bringing in and developing youth players. So, the step to broaden the scouting network within the country is certainly a welcome one.