A number of Manchester United young stars reportedly fear their first-team chances will be hugely restricted should Jose Mourinho be appointed as manager.
A report in the Daily Mail, which also claims the players see current manager Louis van Gaal as a ‘grandpa’, suggests the club’s academy graduates all fear their first-team opportunities will be limited should United replace the Dutchman with the former Chelsea manager this summer.
Mourinho had a reputation at Chelsea for ignoring the club’s best young talent, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku forced to make their names elsewhere after becoming frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities.
Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have all made their first-team breakhroughs this season at Old Trafford, and while there’s no suggestion these are players who are against the Portuguese’s appointment, the report claims a proportion of their players would not welcome him at the club.
“The players are unsure about Mourinho,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“I think they don’t believe they will get a chance if he comes in. They talk to the guys at Chelsea and know they never got close – so why would he be any different at United? He’s a businessman.”
The report goes on to suggest that United’s players would prefer the appointment of Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford this summer.
Mourinho has been heavily tipped to take charge at United at the end of the season, though claims last month suggested United would face a huge compensation pay-out should they back out of an agreement to name him manager.