Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Brings in Huge Change at Old Trafford

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, October 2. Mourinho will have scouts from around the world reporting to him. SCOTT HEPPELL/AFP/Getty

Manchester United has employed 50 new scouts to its team at Old Trafford in a bid to find the next Cristiano Ronaldo, according to news reports.

A review launched this summer, after Jose Mourinho's arrival as manager, concluded there was the need for a greater number of scouts scouring the globe for youthful prospects.

According to the Daily Mail, this has seen a huge number of scouts employed by Manchester United across every continent since January.

The scouting strategy is also an attempt by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to bring recruitment of the first-team and youth development closer together.

It was also revealed that Marcel Bout, who worked as opposition scout under former United boss Louis van Gaal, has been promoted in the restructuring program.

Bout, reports claim, asked for Van Gaal's blessing before accepting the position.