Jose baffled by United’s 58 scouts
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.