Manchester United have signed West Bromwich Albion’s head of recruitment Stephen Hopcroft.
Hopcroft is one of the best talent spotters in England, and will replace Derek Langley, who left the club two months ago after serving for sixteen years.
He has worked at the Hawthorns for eight years, and has been responsible for spotting and bringing through players such as Saido Berahino, Isaiah Brown, Jerome Sinclair, Sam Field and Jonathan Leko.
Hopcroft’s appointment is part of a massive revamp taking place at United’s academy under the guidance of Nicky Butt.
Butt – who came through United’s academy and was part of the club’s fabled Class of ’92 – was appointed as the Head of United’s Academy, and has been working hard to get the club’s academy fully functioning again.
Hopcroft, who has also been responsible for the introduction of Nathan Redmond and Demarai Gray while working at Birmingham, has been put in charge of spotting and recruiting the best young talent in the country.
United are undergoing a massive shake up of their academy, after it was found that the quality of equipment and facilities were outdated, which made the quality of players coming through suffer as a result.
Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are the only exceptions to this, having both made their breakthroughs straight from the u18 team.
The Red Devils are now determined to find more players of their calibre, and are appointing new scouts to make sure they don’t miss out on the next best thing.
Hopcroft will be working closely with Butt in order to get the academy back on track.