Manchester United’s two leading scouts have left the club amid their worst run of form in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Jim Lawlor, United’s chief scout, as well as the head of global scouting, Marcel Bout, have decided to step down from their respective roles.
Lawlor leaves after 16 years at Old Trafford. He joined the club in 2005 before being promoted to chief scout in 2014. Bout was brought in initially as a coach during Louis van Gaal’s reign and was moved into scouting.
Ralf Rangnick, ahead of his side’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield, talked about “smart people who take care of recruitment” at Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea, and insisted the United hierarchy have to pay attention to this issue at the Theatre of Dreams as well.
The Red Devils’ starting XI that featured on Tuesday night cost more than Liverpool’s.
Not quite sure we’re going to see a revolution. Jim has been marginalised for years so this won’t shift the dial. https://t.co/LcVeng5eiW
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 20, 2022
This is a major change in United’s recruitment structure ahead of Erik ten Hag’s arrival. However, Gary Neville isn’t sure such departures are going to lead a “revolution” at his former club, as he believes Lawlor “has been marginalised for years.”
The Premier League giants, who are currently a shadow of their glorious past, will have to focus on changing their mindset as much as personnel. Footballing minds at the club should have a bigger say in decisions that directly affect the shape and development of United’s squad.