Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs clearly gave a warning to Jose Mourinho should the former Chelsea manager be appointed as the next Old Trafford boss over the summer.
Giggs insisted the Premier League giants’ commitment to bringing players from the youth ranks will not go away in future – whoever the boss is, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Louis van Gaal has brought several academy products to limelight during his two years in charge at Old Trafford, despite his boys, are left fighting to reach the top four this term.
And it seems opened the way to appoint Mourinho as van Gaal’s successor – a prospect which concerns some portions of the United fans.
The Portuguese boss had a less than impressive record of giving opportunities to home-grown talents in his two spells at Stamford Bridge.
But Ryan Giggs – the most successful figure to rise from the Red Devils academy and now LVG’s assistant – thinks the principles established by Sir Matt Busby in the 1940s will not be allowed to fade away at the famous Theatre of Dreams.
“I think it will always be part of the club’s philosophy,” said Giggs. “It’s part of the history; it’s what sets us apart from other teams.
“Yes, we can bring world-class players in from around the world but we want one of our own to be performing on that Old Trafford pitch, whether it’s a centre-forward, a winger, a defender… we need players to come through the ranks.
“That’s a massive part of the United history.”
Class of 92 legend Giggs is well aware what it means to ultimately break through into the senior team after coming step by step through the club’s age-group sides, and going on to become the club’s most decorated player.
“I think it’s special because you know we’re a club that gives youth a chance and that again goes back to Sir Matt’s days,” he further said.
“The fans demand it, they want to see players come through the system, one of their own, and they give you a little bit of leeway in that respect.
“If you have a misplaced pass or you miss a chance they’re a lot more forgiving because you’re one of them. Just like them, you’re a supporter.
“So it is very special when a young player comes through and establishes themselves in the first team.
“Sir Matt was obviously the person who started that success and that generation where you blood young players from the local area or other parts of the UK and that tradition has carried on the right to this day.
“The fans demand it because they want to see young players come through, they want to see one of their own, together with world-class players from around the world.”
Some powerful influences in the Old Trafford boardroom also believe Mourinho cannot be fully trusted to keep faith with the club’s long-standing philosophy of bringing up home-grown talent from their Academy.
The Portuguese tactician 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.
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.