Jose Mourinho's youth policy cost him Manchester United job

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Jose Mourinho missed out on succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United because of his reluctance to develop academy players.

It is almost two years since Spanish journalist Diego Torres released a book alleging that Mourinho had sobbed in anger after being overlooked for the role.

Now a fresh claim, made by Daily Mail journalist Neil Ashton, claims the Chelsea manager was a candidate alongside eventual successor David Moyes, but did not meet the specified criteria.


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Manchester United officials wanted a manager who would look to build a team with the best academy players. Mourinho is known for building great teams but usually accomplishes it by spending a lot of money on established stars.

Those suspicions have since been proved true as he eventually returned to Chelsea, so far failing to introduce one Blues youngster into his first-team setup while spending over £200million on transfers.

Academy prospects overlooked

The Special One promised last season that as many as four academy prospects would be introduced into the fold, but has since sent highly-rated talents like Izzy Brown and Lewis Baker out on loan.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the sole academy prospect, other than John Terry, to have played for the Blues this season.

There is now growing pressure from the very top to start introducing more self-made talent into the first-team setup. Roman Abramovich made these intentions clear by tightening the purse strings this summer, but Mourinho decided to kick up a fuss instead, bemoaning the lack of arrivals.

The irony

Ironically, Manchester United have since abandoned their plan to blood youngsters, instead opting to spend huge amounts of money bringing the biggest names to Old Trafford.

Under such a system, Mourinho would have been the ideal manager. With his position at Stamford Bridge becoming unstable, the Special One could find himself getting a second chance sooner rather than later.

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