With the club in such dire straits, there is but one reason for United fans to be optimistic.
Through the brilliant work of Warren Joyce in the academy, United have a brilliant group of young players coming into the first team, not just talented but hungry too. If many United fans had their way, they’d be ignored. If José Mourinho was to be chosen as Louis van Gaal’s successor, and it’s looking increasingly likely he will be, the aforementioned group of youngsters will be forgotten.
Mourinho’s policy in regards to youth is there for all to see. Throughout his career, exciting youth is neglected in favour of complacent experience. The case of Matteo Darmian is a perfect example. Under “The Special One”, the Italian will be ahead of the obviously talented prospect Timothy Fosu-Mensah despite Darmian being a considerably weaker player.
But that’s Jose.
It wouldn’t surprise this writer at all if he even replaced Manchester-born starlet Marcus Rashford with a big money signing. His football wisdom eclipses most in the sport, United’s current boss in particular, but his policy around youth is simply stupid. Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are perfect examples of talents spurned under Mourinho. United can’t afford a repeat of the Paul Pogba fiasco but by hiring José, they’d be asking for it.
Coming across the most talented team of teenagers since the Class of ’92 and handing the reigns to the former Chelsea man would be like discovering a cure for cancer and throwing the formula in the bin. What’s best for the kids is best for the team and that should dictate who’s chosen for the job not picking a big name that will appease the shareholders or a portion of fans, blinded by anger.