Manchester United have acquired the services of Manchester City scouts Dave Harrison and Lyndon Tomlinson.
It was reported earlier in the season that Ed Woodward planned to launch a complete restructuring of the club’s scout programme, making 50 new appointments.
Marcel Bout, part of Louis van Gaal‘s opposition analysis team, was appointed as head of Man United’s scouting system.
And according to the Mail Online‘s Jack Gaughan, United have managed to lure two scouts from the blue half of Manchester to Old Trafford ahead of the January transfer window.
Man City have invested astronomical amounts in funding their brand-new, state of the art youth structure: a new set of personnel, a fresh set of ideas, scouts all over the world, and a completely fresh attitude. After years of lurking in United’s shadow, City are making significant steps in asserting themselves as one of the finest places for young talents to thrive.
Plucking two established scouts from under their nose, therefore, is a shrewd move from Woodward and Co. The departure of Warren Joyce earlier this season acted as a significant blow to their youth set-up, but such an acquisition can be seen as an important step forward for a side renowned for its ability to produce world-class youngsters.