Manchester United have continued the shake-up of their backroom team with the appointment of two men to key scouting positions.
Marcel Bout, the only remaining member of Louis van Gaal’s set-up, has been given the role of Manchester United’s head of global scouting. The Manchester Evening News reports that the 53-year-old has caught Jose Mourinho’s eye since the Portuguese coach’s arrival at Old Trafford.
Bout was spotted in the directors’ box during the Manchester derby last month and has been in attendance for every Old Trafford game since.
United requested Bout continue at the club, a repeat of the situation he encountered at Bayern Munich when Van Gaal was sacked in 2011. He eventually left the five-times European Cup winners to link up with the Netherlands Under-21s in 2012.
But the other members of Van Gaal’s staff left the club in the off-season, with first-team coach Albert Stuivenberg, goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and performance analyst Max Reckers leaving in May, and assistant boss Ryan Giggs quitting Old Trafford in July.
Former Dundee United defender Armand Benneker has also joined United’s scouting network, which is in the process of an overhaul instigated by Mourinho.
Benneker, 47, is based in Austria and was previously the first-team scout at Swiss club FC St. Gallen and spent six years of his playing career in the Netherlands.
Mourinho’s appointment coincided with the overhaul of United’s scouting network, sparked by the academy revamp, and it is understood one long-time French scout is being eased out.
It did not go unnoticed France have produced some fine wingers yet United signed Memphis (Anthony Martial was bought as a striker). Mourinho has already prioritised signing Antoine Griezmann next summer.