When Jose Mourinho took over at Manchester United, there was instantly fears over the youngsters at the club.
The Portuguese boss hasn’t exactly put his faith in academy players during his career and, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, there were fears that talented prospects may struggle to play regular first-team this season.
While the aforementioned three players look set to stay at Old Trafford - for at least this summer - there are plenty of youngsters looking to leave.
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The Daily Mail are reporting that there are a clutch of academy talent - namely Tyler Blackett, James Wilson and Will Keane - that want to leave the club because of Mourinho.
The report claims that a number of teenagers are seeking a possible exit route because they believe their progression will be stunted if they remain at Old Trafford under Mourinho’s guidance.
The Special One has wasted no time in adding to his squad this summer, signing Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. After spending almost £150million, the younger players at the Theatre of Dreams have realised it will be incredibly difficult to play any first-team football this season.
Mourinho defended his record
Upon being appointed, Mourinho was questioned about his lack of faith in academy graduates and he attempted to defend himself by claiming he had given 49 players their debuts during his career.
“Some of them are big names, they are today Champions League winners or in the Euros, playing for national teams and 49 is a lot,”he said. “So once more, one lie repeated many times, sometimes it looks like it’s true but it will be always a lie.”
However, after a little investigation, this list was found to be fairly weak with 23 of those player making just one appearance and another ten playing only twice.
He may challenge for league titles with his new star-studded squad but if he rips out the heart of the club’s academy in doing so, United supporters will be bitterly disappointed.
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