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Man Utd academy chief Nicky Butt explains overhauling scouting staff

Manchester United academy chief Nicky Butt has explained why they're overhauling the scouting staff.

He's revealed the club's scouting department has already expanded during his so far brief spell as Head of Academy as they go in search of the next rising starlet.

"Recruitment of players is a massive juggernaut on its own," Butt told the Manchester Evening News.

"We were not missing out on countries but in years gone by you maybe had one scout in each country, or two, but the way it is with young players now as soon as a kid does well there are about five or six clubs on him straight away.

"You just need to get yourself in the right position if the new Ronaldo, or the new Marcus Rashford comes along. He could be in Longsight or Buenos Aires or anywhere in the world. You just have to be there ready.

"If you have people around the world who can spot them and find them then you are in the right position. All our worldwide scouts come to Carrington twice a year and it is a big operation.

"I don't think we have ever rested on our laurels. If you don't move on and you stand still then you die. We are kicking on."

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