Jose Mourinho is “resigned” to missing out on the Manchester United job, according to reports on Sunday.
The Sunday Mirror claims Mourinho’s failure to nurture young players is the main reason why United don’t want the former Chelsea manager to succeed Louis van Gaal.
Sir Bobby Charlton is believed to be a big detractor of Mourinho, while other key men in the boardroom are unwilling to appoint Mourinho because of their fears over the club’s long-standing tradition of promoting homegrown talent.
And the 53-year-old, who left Chelsea last December after an awful start to the season by the champions, has “resigned himself to the fact that United are sticking with a succession plan that will see Ryan Giggs eventually take over from Van Gaal”, according to an exclusive in the tabloid.
Current boss Van Gaal yesterday hinted that he has already being planning for next season when he admitted that the emergence of some of the club’s youngsters will affect his transfer plans in the summer.
“There are a lot of players coming to Manchester United next season because they know I give them a chance,” said the Dutch boss.
Van Gaal, 64, has another season remaining on the deal he signed in May 2014 and the report suggests the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has been told he will see out his deal.
Despite heavy criticism this season United have brought through youngsters such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela and Paddy McNair into the first team and club officials are believed to be delighted with their development.