Man Utd involve ‘spying firms’ while scouts watch ’38 matches per day’

Date published: Wednesday 16th October 2019 9:39

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Manchester United scouts watch 38 matches per day as they look to identify the best talent in world football, according to a report.

The Red Devils splashed out on Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer as the club looked to take a different direction on recruitment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to bring in young and hungry players that would provide the foundations of a side for years to come.

West Ham’s Declan Rice and Leicester City’s James Maddison are another two examples of players that Solskjaer is reportedly keen to bring into the club.

There has been criticism of United‘s recruitment in recent years but it seems it has not been for the lack of research, with The Athletic revealing how many matches the club’s scouts and analysts watch.

Sources told The Athletic:

‘United’s scouts and analysts watched approximately 13,800 games (academy fixtures included) in the last year of records.

‘That’s an average of 38 per day, with scouts in more than 30 countries putting together 36,000 reports for the club’s database.

‘Perhaps the most eye-catching detail — never reported until now — is that United have also begun to involve what have been described as “spying firms” to carry out background checks on potential signings.’

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