Jose Mourinho’s inability to nurture young players seems to be the main reason why Manchester United now don’t regard the Portuguese manager as a potential successor to Louis van Gaal.
Some powerful influences in the Old Trafford boardroom believes Mourinho cannot be fully trusted to keep faith with the club’s long-standing philosophy of bringing up homegrown talent from their Academy.
Sunday Mirror Sport claims the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager has now surprisingly resigned himself to the fact that United hierarchy are moving on with a succession plan which could see Ryan Giggs eventually take charge after van Gaal is shown the door.
Meanwhile the Dutch tactician, who has been facing severe criticism since the start of this season as his boys have struggling for consistency, hinted on Saturday that he has been already told that he will complete the final year of his deal next season.
van Gaal said: “There are a lot of players coming to Manchester United next season because they know I give them a chance.”
United have always enjoyed a proud tradition of developing their own stars; there has been a homegrown player in every single match-day squad since October 1937.
Club legend Ryan Giggs himself emerged through the ranks to become the most decorated player in the Manchester United’s glorious history.
And legends like Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Duncan Edwards are still revered by the Old Trafford faithful.
Manchester-born Marcus Rashford happens to be the latest starlet to burst through the famous academy system, scoring two goals in each of his first two senior appearances last week.
Mourinho, on the other hand, has no pedigree when it’s referred to committing to youth ones.
Also the disturbing fact that the Special One hasn’t been able to stay in any of his seven managerial spells for longer than three years is another important reason why he is not seen as a good fit by the influential figures roaming the club’s corridors of power.
The major concern is youngsters like Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Paddy McNair will see their smooth pathway into the first team suddenly blocked if Manchester United decide to bring in Mourinho to pacify some disgruntled supporters.
Louis van Gaal yesterday revealed his decent record of giving young talents proper chance was a key factor in him landing the United job at the very first place in 2014.
He said: “We discussed young players in my interview.
“We had two conversations, first with Ed Woodward and later with the owners.
“They said what the culture of Manchester United is and why they wanted me. One of the reasons was that I give young players a chance, as we are seeing.
“When you have me as a manager, you have a lot of chances.”
Jose Mourinho has handed just five starts to Chelsea academy players in his five years spell at Stamford Bridge, it’s certainly a damning statistics.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathan Ake, Sam Hutchinson, Andreas Christensen and Lenny Pidgeley are the only lucky youth products to be given the opportunity to start a game for the first team under the Portuguese manager.
At a time when it is growing harder than ever for young British players to make through at elite Premier League clubs, one of the league’s leading managers has such an abysmal record of handing out opportunities to youngsters and it is not a great thing when you want the top job at Old Trafford.