• Manchester United intensifies its scouting team in the hopes to recruit the next Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood
  • Red Devils football director John Murtough bares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the right to approve and reject future recruits
  • Solskjaer had earlier promoted two notable youth team players

Manchester United is keen on bringing future superstars to Old Trafford.

Ahead of the next transfer window, Manchester United has decided to add two new scouts to ensure the club will be able to continue acquiring the best young talents in the United Kingdom.

According to Manchester United Football director John Murtough, the expansion of the club’s scouting network aims to “ensure” they can convince the “next Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood” sooner rather than later.

"The north-west area remains important to ensure we convince the next Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard] or Mason [Greenwood] to play for United,” Murtough said in a recent fans' forum meeting. "The scouting network across the rest of the UK have also been strengthened. Recently, two new scouts have came on board to focus on the London area.”

"The club’s tradition of looking at bringing in the best 17-18 year olds from across the world will also continue,” he continued.

Murtough further emphasized that the club will listen to what Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to say about the recruits.

“The scouting team work closely with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] to produce options for consideration based on the type of profile which Ole feels that the team needs,” the director pointed out. "Ole has a veto, because as a club we will not sign a player that a manager doesn't want. The club has always backed its manager in the transfer market.”

“It’s evident from what's gone on over the last two or three seasons that there has been a structured and disciplined approach to player recruitment,” he added. “The transfer market will be challenging in the next 12 months but when the right players are available, which fit our profile, for the right values, we will be in and around those opportunities as and when they arise."

Job done: Manchester United's comfortable win at Tranmere was a welcome relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Job done: Manchester United's comfortable win at Tranmere was a welcome relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer AFP / Paul ELLIS

Earlier this year, Solskjaer announced the promotion of Manchester United Under-23 starlets Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire to the first team following the pair’s impressive performances at the youth level.

Like Murtough, Solskjaer believes it is important to have some promising youngsters added to the senior squad and it is also vital for the players’ development.

“We’ve moved Shola [Shoretire] up with us. Hannibal [Mejbri] will join us and we will keep them with us for a while,” Solskjaer told reporters in a press conference in February. “I think it’s the next step of their development and we’ve just got to take the hit on them when they play for the reserves.”