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Jose baf­fled by United’s 58 scouts

- @Jack­_Gaughan By JACK GAUGHAN TV: ManUt­d­vArse­nal LIVE on BTS­port1from7­pm­to­mor­row. Sports · Manchester United F.C. · Manchester · Old Trafford · Alex Ferguson · Louis van Gaal · London · S.S.C. Napoli · Naples · Senegal national football team · Senegal · Arsenal F.C. · Southampton F.C. · Southampton · Marcus Rashford · José Mourinho · Alex Ferguson · Kalidou Koulibaly · Eric Bailly · Chris Smalling · Ashley Young

JOSE MOUR­INHO is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly baf­fled by the size of Manch­ester United’s bloated scout­ing depart­ment. United now em­ploy 58 scouts across the world. The ma­jor re­struc­tur­ing has been cham­pi­oned at Old Traf­ford but is caus­ing con­cern for Mour­inho, who wants a more stream­lined op­er­a­tion. A change in the scout­ing set-up was re­quired af­ter the re­tire­ment of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son in 2013. Fer­gu­son trusted a small cir­cle of scouts and con­tacts to make sign­ings but there was a re­al­i­sa­tion that United needed to mod­ernise. Mour­inho up­dates his trans­fer wish-list on a monthly ba­sis but has strug­gled to sign many at the top of that list since tak­ing over from Louis van Gaal. The man­ager is in con­tact with chief scouts Mar­cel Bout and Jim Lawlor, although re­mains largely in the dark about the ac­tiv­ity of scouts be­low those two. Tal­ent-spot­ters feed re­ports to head of scout­ing op­er­a­tions Steve Brown, who han­dles the lo­gis­tics sur­round­ing trans­fer tar­gets. The club have re­cently ad­ver­tised a new, ca­sual scout­ing po­si­tion in Lon­don. Mour­inho also fears he will miss out on top tar­get Kalidou Koulibaly in Jan­uary af­ter United chiefs ve­toed a move for the Napoli cen­tre half last sum­mer. The Sene­gal in­ter­na­tional’s value is rock­et­ing to­wards £90mil­lion. Mour­inho has fur­ther se­lec­tion wor­ries ahead of to­mor­row’s clash with Arse­nal. Vic­tor Lin­de­lof is out for a num­ber of weeks with a ham­string prob­lem. Eric Bailly has not played for al­most two months and Chris Smalling missed the Southamp­ton game with a foot com­plaint. Ash­ley Young is also out through sus­pen­sion af­ter pick­ing up a fifth book­ing of the cam­paign. Marcus Rash­ford is hav­ing treat­ment on an an­kle in­jury in a bid to face the Gun­ners.

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