While things are beginning to turn around for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, his treatment of youth player still irks much of the Old Trafford faithful.
It’s a tag he’s been labelled with for most of his success-ridden managerial career – “Enemy of the Academy”. With United’s proud tradition of propelling talented youngsters into the first team, it was the issue at the heart of debates discussing his arrival.
His success was near-guaranteed. Doing it the right way was not.
This video from uMAXit Football details the origins of this reputation and how justified it truly is. It’s worrying viewing for fans of the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Andreas Pereira et al.
Manchester United’s newfound form is somewhat skin deep with a heavy reliance on the oldest members of the squad. With Antonio Valencia excelling, Joe Riley and Guillermo Varela are left behind. Similarly, the prodigiously talented Fosu-Mensah has struggled for minutes this season as Michael Carrick commands the midfield every week.
Most worrying of all is the stunted development of Marcus Rashford with the Wythenshawe lad looking a shadow of the boy who downed Manchester City in March. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic has done well for the Reds, Mourinho could do untold damage to the youngster’s career if he continues to shunt him out to the wing rather than his natural centre-forward role.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena