November 20th 2023.
Marcel Bout recently spoke out against the Glazers for hindering Manchester United's transfer market capabilities. Bout joined United in 2014 as a specialist in opposition scouting and two years later was made the club's chief global scout, responsible for scouting the world for emerging talents.
Despite the efforts of Bout and former manager Louis Van Gaal, United failed to secure a number of top players such as Mats Hummels, Sergio Ramos, Ilkay Gundogan, Sadio Mane, Thomas Muller, Gareth Bale and Harry Kane. In response, Van Gaal labelled United a 'commercial' club in 2022, a sentiment that Bout agrees with.
“I have been critical internally. A major annoyance was the long lines within United to make decisions about interesting players. Other top European clubs now have top players that we had seen early on with the scouting staff,” said Bout.
Bout believes that United should have taken advantage of Edwin Van Der Sar's influence as Ajax's CEO at the time to acquire Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong. He suggested that United should've made deals early on for these types of talents and let them develop in the Netherlands.
Bout's departure from United in 2022 leaves the club in a difficult situation. They are now in need of finding a scout that can help them identify top players in the transfer market and secure them for the club. It remains to be seen whether or not they will be able to do so.
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