Manchester United’s rivalry with neighbours City is set to to take a new dimension as the Old Trafford club have launched a raid on their rivals for a group of scouts who have helped make the Blues the kings of youth development.
According to the Daily Mirror, United vice-chairman Ed Woodward demanded an investigation into why the club famed for their commitment to developing their own players had fallen so far behind the Blues in recruiting stars of the future.
And the conclusion was that the only way United could begin to close the gap is by trying to prise away some of City’s top talent spotters, the reports claims.
The Red Devils appears to be behind their fierce rivals in recruiting the top young talents from around the world, a situation the higher-ups at Old Trafford hope to halt and as a result, they have reportedly identified at least four of City’s UK-based scouting team.
And Woodward has made it clear that money is no object by offering the quartet pay-rises of up to 50 percent on what they are earning at the Etihad.
One scout has told City that he is leaving for the red side of Manchester.
But City chiefs – led by Brian Marwood, who has built City’s Academy and scouting structure over the past eight years – are hopeful that they can keep the three talent spotters who are yet to decide on their futures.