Jose Mourinho’s potential move to Manchester United is reportedly being held up by the Glazer family, according to a report from Metro.
The Portuguese manager is heavily tipped to take over from current boss Louis van Gaal at the end of this season but latest reports claim the club’s American owners are still stuttering about the final outcome.
It has been alleged that Manchester United’s board members are now split on whether Mourinho will be a good appointment.
Some powerful influences in the Old Trafford boardroom 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.
However, it is expected that Ed Woodward will have the final say on who will be the next manager, meaning Mourinho could still yet be appointed.
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.
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.