Changes at Manchester United are all around at the start of the Jose Mourinho era, as the club look to improve in both the short and long term. There’s new coaches and other back room staff, and of course new players arriving.
Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have already been confirmed, but the club are also looking to future recruitment.
Mourinho and Manchester United are building up the club’s scouting network further and have signed up Tommy Møller Nielsen.
Who? A former footballer and then manager, Tommy Møller Nielsen has joined Manchester United on a three year contract to scout the best of the world’s young footballers.
The Dane had been doing some coaching for Mongolia and was offered the chance of managing their national team, but turned it down for Manchester United.
Previously having done a similar role for clubs including Everton, Tommy Møller Nielsen has all the experienced needed and was recommended by Flemming Berg, who has scouted for Chelsea.
Scandanavia will be a priority for the scout but he’s not restricted to that. This week he’ll be watching Brøndby play against Valur Reykjavik in a Europa League qualifier, looking out for talent.
After that he’s off to Brazil to watch the Olympics, where players including Hirving Lozano and Gabriel Jesus will be strutting their stuff.
Tommy Møller Nielsen told Denmark’s Politiken: “I’ve got a very good agreement with Manchester United, who will spend more money on scouting and expand the staff by 15, engaged in full-time positions and working across the world.
“I am a coach and wanted to coach again, but it is a very exciting and interesting job, I need to start. I get to work with football at the highest level and I am very pleased.”
If there was any doubt that Manchester United would have someone watching talent at the Olympics, then that’s been cleared.