Manchester United have reportedly hired another scout from Brazil. According to Globo Esporte’s blog Na Base Da Bola, José Mourinho’s staff will now have Paulo Henrique Xavier.
After working for Cruzeiro and Adidas earlier in his career, Xavier’s last job was as a Chief Scout for the Brazilian FA. As the Brazilian National Team couldn’t qualify for the U-20 World Cup this year, the scout was fired along with all the staff.
Despite all the top talents Brazil have had down the years, Manchester United don’t have a big record of signing players from the country.
After signing Kleberson from Atletico Paranaense in 2002, the club then signed youngsters Rodrigo Possebon and twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva. Other Brazilians such as Anderson and Andreas Pereira were spotted at European clubs.
Paulo Xavier will be working alongside Sandro Orlandelli, a former Arsenal scout who was hired by Manchester United last year.
Jose Mourinho has made a real effort to build Manchester United’s scouting system and his work clearly isn’t over.