After Liverpool’s defeat, Manchester United’s two top scouts have left the club in disarray.

Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout, two of Manchester United’s most senior scouts, have both departed the club.

Lawlor has been a chief scout for 16 years, having joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in 2005.

Six years ago, the 57-year-old Irishman was given a new role at United, supervising an enlarged network of scouts, but the structure is set to evolve once more this summer.

‘After 16 years with the club, Jim Lawlor has decided to stand down as head scout in the summer,’ according to a club statement.

‘During that time, Jim was a major figure in the building of many trophy-winning Manchester United sides, as well as a valuable source of advice for Sir Alex Ferguson and the managers who came after him.’

‘We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jim for his important contribution to the club, as well as our best wishes for the future.’

Bout joined Louis van Gaal’s backroom squad in 2014, and two years later was promoted to United’s head of global scouting.

‘After eight years with the club, Marcel Bout has stepped down as head of global scouting,’ according to the club statement.

‘Marcel, a well-liked personality both inside and outside Manchester United, has played a key role as an assistant coach and in the recent upgrading of our scouting powers.

‘We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Marcel for his important contribution to the club, as well as our best wishes for the future.’ The news follows Manchester United’s humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, who beat them 4 – 0 on Tuesday night.

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