Nicky Butt brilliantly explains why Mourinho is giving Man Utd youngsters a chance


Manchester United's head of academy Nicky Butt has offered an interesting insight into Jose Mourinho's youth policy at the club.

Fans were initially worried that the Portuguese coach would disregard the club's long-standing tradition of giving first-team opportunities to academy players.

Man United have famously had a graduate from their youth system in every single match day squad since October 30, 1937.

Mourinho has continued that fine tradition since taking charge - and even dropped club-record signing Paul Pogba recently, in favour of young Scott McTominay.

"Obviously, there are numerous different factors that have contributed in terms of my development but the main one is Jose Mourinho," McTominay said in March.

"He's had the faith to put me in for important matches and trusted me in big games. So all credit goes to him. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have had chances to play and show people I'm hopefully capable of being a United player in the future."

A fellow employee at Man United has revealed exactly why Mourinho is choosing to blood young talent at Old Trafford.

Nicky Butt expertly explains Mourinho's youth policy

The retired Man United midfielder was part of the Class of '92 and, in 2016, he was appointed as the club's new head of academy.

“The funds we’ve got are the biggest in the world and we can go and get anyone we want," Butt told The Times.

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"We are the highest developer of players and doing it at the club with the highest transfer budget, I’d guess.

"He [Mourinho] came to me and said, ‘I’m the manager of the first team. You’re the manager of the academy. I’m selfish. I want to get them into winning ways. We will speak about players coming up.’


"I can’t ask for any more than that. I look at what he’s done with Scott [McTominay]. And others. The manager rang me this morning to send a player over to him.

“José Mourinho has this tag that he doesn’t give kids a chance but, if those kids are good enough, he’s going to because it’s beneficial to him. He talks to us about the academy. Sometimes he can be moody but that’s his busy side.

“He sat down with the under-14 kids for half an hour before they went over to Portugal and asked them about their beliefs. He’s the manager of the biggest club in the world. For me, he’s as good as you could ask for.

Mourinho certainly deserves some credit for giving youngsters the chance to shine in Manchester.

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