The root-and-branch revamp of Manchester United’s scouting system will see up to 40 appointments around the globe in an initiative started by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The wholesale changes from the tight-knit Sir Alex Ferguson era will see the academy and first-team talent identification operations merged to create a more efficient approach in order to attract the best prospects in world football.

Sport headhunters Nolan Partners are working with United in recruiting fresh scouts in every territory.