January 10 News The Athletic UK Manchester United reporter Laurie Whitwell wrote a column article,
The title of the article is – How Manchester United recruit: TrackerMan, Ten Hag’s influence and ‘A’ grades
In the third part of the column, Laurie deciphered some of the secrets of Manchester United’s recruitment of young players.
In fact, United have also held talks over 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sheshko.
Sheshko agreed to join Leipzig in the summer of 2023, and Manchester United was unwilling to give a teenager the offer Leipzig gave anyway.
Sheshko and his family are also understood to have reservations about his preparations for the Premier League, especially as the pressure to lead the striker at a club like Manchester United is enormous.
Had Sheshko arrived as a rotation player with no immediate pressure to play, or if he had arrived in 2019 at the age of 16, the first time United scouted him, the story could have been different.
Cesko was then playing for Domzale, a club in his native Slovenia, and United thought the £2.5million offer was too high.
For Manchester United, their problem is not that they have "not monitored" talented players. Former Manchester United coach Solskjaer believes that he is frustrated that the goal is clearly there, but Manchester United’s top management is dragging their feet.
As a result, Solskjaer commissioned an internal review into how United missed out on signings, and agents were asked to revisit noteworthy points of reference.
As for examples, Haaland and Bellingham are prime examples.
Of course, this is a chain reaction.
For example, the money Manchester United bought Casemiro, Real Madrid may use it to buy Bellingham;
Deciding not to buy someone, let Alvarez go to Manchester City in vain.
Rangnick did make some mistakes as a manager, but his diagnosis of United’s wider problems is valuable.
He predicted that Ronaldo would cause trouble for his replacement and urged the board to sign a new striker as early as January last year.
Hannibal Mejbri signed for £10m in 2019, but played in an internal five-a-side tournament at Carrington two years ago for a fraction of that price.
The coach suggested he should sign immediately, but instead he went to Monaco.
Alejandro Ganaccho is an example of how quickly United moved after learning he could move from Atletico Madrid.
They only paid Atletico Madrid £100,000 in compensation in 2020, and Ghanacho is already worth several times that amount, and at the age of 18 he is already a useful member of Ten Hag’s first team.
Garnacho was brought to United’s attention by scout Geraldo Guzman, who was Atletico’s chief scout for youth talent until 2016.
Head of youth recruitment David Harrison was pleased with what he saw and Murtaugh immediately gave the green light.
People at the top admit that United could have acted more decisively at the right moment, so they will be ashamed and act bravely.
About 10 years ago, Woodward asked United to revamp the scouting department, which is also the reason for Ferguson’s retirement.
This plan is called Project Bethlehem, which probably means the new era.
Much of United’s success in the transfer market can be attributed to Ferguson’s intuitive talent.
He relies on a handful of trusted scouts and a vast network of contacts across football, with information mostly written by hand or in people’s heads.
United think they need a more scientific approach.
Woodward handed over to Murtaugh, Murtaugh hired Brown, and when Brown arrived, Brown explained that his expertise lay in organizing rather than judging players.
He often watches Manchester United games.
Calm and controlled, Brown is not well known outside United, unlike men in similar positions at other clubs.
That is changing, with brokers calling him directly, recommending their clients.
At a meeting a few years ago, a scout pointed out that United had strayed away from the factors that propelled them to 13 Premier League titles in 21 seasons: players capable of great physicality, high levels of intensity, a tight-knit third.
One touch, high IQ, and unafraid of a grueling schedule.
When Mourinho was manager from 2016-18, the club recruited 50 scouts around the world through recruitment firm Nolan + Partners.
The firm specializes in executive sports appointments, so this is new territory.
While all of the final appointees met one-on-one, they had several interviews via Zoom.
Some in the industry believe that the scale and speed of the recruitment means that the quality cannot be guaranteed, although these people also admit that Manchester United have indeed made the right choice.
Manchester United, for example, have three full-time senior football scouts in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
Their focus is on the Argentine league but also includes neighboring Chile, Uruguay and