Report: United set to appoint data scientist to help with transfers

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Manchester United are on the verge of appointing a new data scientist to help with recruitment and injury prevention, according to The Athletic.

United were initially keen on appointing someone from the world of football for the role, but there’s been a change of mind, as the club now wants someone with a different background— possibly in pharmacy.

The reason for the decision is the need to have someone who can analyse data over a variety of performance indicators to help with future recruitment of players.

The appointee is also expected to work with the medical team to study risk factors and prevent injuries from players.

If United follow this model, they’d be borrowing a leaf from Liverpool, who already have a similar system.