Marcel Bout has been appointed as Manchester United’s new chief scout in the latest backroom staff appointment by Jose Mourinho.
The Dutchman worked with Man United under Louis van Gaal, having previously worked with him at Bayern Munich, as Man United’s assistant coach with a focus on scouting the opposition. He stayed on at the club following van Gaal’s dismissal.
He’ll now be United’s chief scout and his focus will be on identifying signings at every age level from the first-team down to our younger academy sides.
Speaking to The Telegraph back when he was in charge, van Gaal revealed details of Bout’s duties which went further than simply scouting.
He said: “Marcel Bout is always going (to watch the opposition) two weeks in front of the game, because then we are playing the same circumstances, at home or away.”
Bout has had a lot of experience in a variety of different roles throughout his career including youth team management, opposition scouting, head coach, assistant manager, assistant coach and technical analyst, so he should be a very strong appointment by Mourinho.