Jose Mourinho has added a former Chelsea scout to his backroom team at Manchester United, according to reports.

Chilean TV station Canal del Futbol claims that Jorge Alvial is now working for United to monitor players from North and South America.

Alvial first met Mourinho during his nine-year stint at Chelsea, which began in 2009. The Chilean has also worked for Sporting Kansas City as their director of scouting.

Mourinho has overhauled United’s scouting system this summer with the arrivals of Ricardo Formosinho, Tommy Moller Nielsen, and Gerardo Guzman, Atletico Madrid’s former chief scout.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will be looking to inflict an early psychological blow on the Premier League title race when Manchester City face Manchester United this weekend.

The pair have enjoyed a fierce rivalry for years, and Patrick Barclay believes a win for Guardiola this early in the season without star man Sergio Aguero would be a big psychological advantage for City.

Both United and City have started the season well, with three wins from their opening three games. Someone has to drop points next weekend though.

Much has been mentioned about Mourinho’s squad choice, heightened by Marcus Rashford’s late winner against Hull to force himself into the manager’s thoughts.

Mourinho has done well to restore United to their former grandeur very quickly, largely with statement signings such as Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic, though some might argue Van Gaal set the bar very low and appeared to have mere ordinariness as the vision at the end of his famous three-year plan.

Guardiola has not been slow to show decisiveness and exert authority, banishing Joe Hart to Italy and leaving Yaya Toure out of his Champions League squad. With new signings Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane still to get started, the City supporters are already excited about the brand of football their side has been playing and relieved to discover that the £44m spent on Sterling last season might not have been a waste of money after all.

With new signings Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane still to get started, the City supporters are already excited about the brand of football their side has been playing and relieved to discover that the £44m spent on Sterling last season might not have been a waste of money after all.

 

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