While Manchester United had an almost silent transfer deadline day, with all the club’s incomings finalised with the arrival of Paul Pogba earlier in the month, there was one addition made by Jose Mourinho and while it wasn’t to his squad, it could prove to be just as important a signing as any player, in the long run.
Gerardo Guzman was Atletico Madrid’s chief scout and was in charge of finding players under the age of 23 for the Spanish giants. Now Mourinho has brought him to Old Trafford as part of his backroom staff overhaul. Guzman joins Kieran McKenna, who also arrived in August, from Tottenham, and former Arsenal scout Sandro Orlandelli as non-playing staff who joined United last month.
United are going to sign ex-Atletico Madrid scout, Gerardo Guzman, as the new academy scout for Spain. [as] pic.twitter.com/QEGgKk0uAT
— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) August 30, 2016
Atletico have already replaced Guzman, with Natanael Cano joining from San Fernando, who are in the third tier of Spanish football.
Given United’s overzealous spending on marquee names in recent years, several of whom have flopped (here’s looking at you Angel Di Maria), the appointment of Guzman may come as a welcome relief to Ed Woodward, who will likely be hoping that the former Atleti scout can unearth some young gems rather than United’s executive vice-chairman having to negotiate lengthy, protracted, expensive deals for ready made superstars.