Jose Mourinho is planning to bring in West Brom scout Steve Hopcroft as his overhaul of Manchester United academies continues to impress everyone.

The former Chelsea boss has already recruited four new scouts – Jorge Alvial, Ricardo Formosinho, Tommy Moller Nielsen, and Gerardo Guzman – as he looks to enhance United’s ability to spot young talent ahead of their rivals.

And now The Daily Telegraph reports that Hopcroft, who is currently West Brom’s head of academy recruitment, is heading to United as part of the shake-up.

Hopcroft has been credited with bringing through Saido Berahino, Jerome Sinclair and Jonathan Leko at West Brom.

It’s reported that Hopcroft has informed West brom of his decision to leave and will take up his new post at Old Trafford later this year.

Mourinho identified four targets; Manchester United signed those four targets. Three of them have been varying degrees of excellent so far, and fans eagerly await the moment when the other, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is given an opportunity to impress.

Paul Pogba was the ultimate statement of intent, already preceded by three marquee arrivals.

Previous summers have damaged egos at Old Trafford, but they have been restored this time around.

World-record transfer fees have been broken, a winning mentality has been added alongside youth, and the first team has been immeasurably strengthened. They already look like title contenders.

 

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