Manchester United chief scout Jim Lawlor is under pressure after manager David Moyes failed to land his midfield targets this summer.
The Mirror says Moyes wants scouting staff who do not just spot players but know exactly what their chances are of signing them.
He was on the trail of Thiago Alcantara when he was leaving Barcelona but the main snag was doubt about his transfer fee.
Midfielder Alcantara had a fixed price in his contract but United had conflicting reports on the cost.
United sent chief scout Lawlor to Spain to meet the Alcantara family. The Irishman was also involved in the failed bid to sign Cesc Fabregas.
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