Sources: Man United in special Newcastle scouting mission
Around 35 Man United scouts from across the globe recently convened for a series of recruitment meetings, sources have told Football Insider.
The Premier League giants invited their entire scouting network to the clash against Newcastle at Old Trafford last month which ended 0-0.
It is believed the members of United’s recruitment team also had multiple meetings about the club’s short and long-term transfer plans during their time in Manchester.
The aim was to bring together the talent-spotters in a more joined-up approach to recruitment.
The club’s recruitment has been heavily criticised in recent years for an over-reliance on expensive big-name signings, many of whom have failed to consistently deliver.
Analysis from CIES Football Observatory found that no team in world football has overspent by more on transfers over the last decade than United when compared to market rates.
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The likes of Fred, Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho are often cited as recent examples of players who have arrived at Old Trafford to much fanfare only to fail to live up to the hype.
The decision to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club where he made his name is now also being widely labelled as a misstep given his recent attack on the club’s methods behind the scenes.
John Murtough is the man who oversees United’s sporting department as director of football.
Andy Boyle meanwhile became deputy football director in May this year.