Is it the end for the youth style approach Manchester United have adopted?

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Apart from the FA Cup success over Crystal Palace, there weren't many positives that came out of Louis van Gaal's reign at Manchester United.

The club, however, have seen several youngsters push through into the first team and make quite an impression.

The acquisition of Anthony Martial and the emergence of academy prospects Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been seen as positives for United and a trio to work with in the coming seasons.


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However, with the announcement of Jose Mourinho as their new manager, many experts within the game, as well as fans, fear the youth inspired movement of Manchester United will come to an abrupt end.  

Mourinho had youth at his disposal at Chelsea during their nightmare season, with several youngsters on the brink of the first team following successive FA Youth Cup wins by their under-18's. 

However, Mourinho yet again opted against featuring them and kept his faith with players like Oscar, who let him down and eventually cost him his job.

With United desperate to challenge on all fronts yet again and gain a swift return to the Champions League, it is expected Mourinho will have a vast amount of finance at his disposal which will no doubt go towards a summer spending spree to improve the squad.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently linked with a move to the Red Devils, as well a host of big names across Europe looking for potential new clubs, the likes of Rashford and Lingard could see their development haulted. 

Mourinho has always had stints at clubs. He is far from a 'one-man club' type of manager. With his contract three years, it can be suggested he is searching for imminent success with Manchester United. This is something his philosophy suggests can only be achieved through established, experienced professionals. 

With Pep Guardiola at the helm of rival club Manchester City, the United job is a perfect option for Mourinho. It will allow him to lock horns once again with the Spaniard.

Such rivalry would further alienate the ideas of youth and having patience with them and stray towards acquiring experienced players like Ibrahimovic, which in his eyes, would lead to instant success.

Manchester United have the ability to attract the sports biggest names, however, such a move could distract attention for the potential they have with players like Martial, Rashford and Lingard. 

Mourinho will no doubt be in search for instant success and with the finances at his disposal, the question arises: Is it the end for the youth style approach Manchester United have adopted? 

Does Jose Mourinho's appointment signal the end for Manchester United's youth policy? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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