The resignation of Nicky Butt was a bitter blow for Manchester United after nine years at the club.

His exit, after the promotion of John Murtough to director of football, left a bad taste.

While United are yet to fill Butt’s role, the club are looking to make two new appointments which show a focus on youth football.

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Who is coming in?

The Mail report United have lined up Stephen Ajewole to be the club’s new lead scout at under-15 to under-18 level.

Ajewole currently works at Manchester City, and the paper claim City are very worried about him moving to United and taking his knowledge with him.

This is not yet a done deal, and City could drag it out by demanding some form of compensation.

The Mail also report United have move for Crystal Palace’s assistant head of recruitment Jamahl Jarrett. His role at United would be ‘lead southern scout’.

 

A response to Brexit?

It makes extra sense for United to start stepping up UK recruitment.

British sides are no longer permitted to sign non-EU players who are under 18. And even those who are 18-21 must fit strict criteria.

It is really important for United to get recruitment at academy level right and there has to be extra focus on getting the very best talent in the UK.

Whether Ajewole and Jarrett prove huge difference makers if they come in, is uncertain, but at least the club are not resting on their laurels.

Despite the high level of talent in the academy at present, it is important to keep pushing to try and find the next superstar, who could save the club millions in the transfer market.

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