The Guardian has, today, outlined Mourinho’s advice to younger players within Manchester United’s squad and stressed the importance of their roles within the team. After allowing the once highly rated winger, Adnan Januzaj to join Sunderland on a season long loan and selling Donald Love and Paddy McNair to the same club, ‘the special one’ moved quickly to reassure United fans that younger players such as Marcus Rashford and Memphis Depay will still be given a chance to play during the course of the season.
In the past, United have been held in high regard when it comes to producing talented youth players, form the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and the Neville’s to the more recent examples of Danny Welbeck and Gerard Pique, their faces adorn the walls of the training ground.
Mourinho argued that Januzaj will be given regular playing time at Sunderland under former United manager David Moyes and said that: “We think Adnan is a talented player but he needs games for his development. Hopefully everything will work out for him this season because we want him back. ” As for departed centre back McNair, Mourinho stated that he did not want him to leave, but the player decided that the move was the right one for his own career.
Of course it will be tougher for younger players to get a look in with United’s first team now, due to the arrival of superstars such as Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic over the summer, even surprise young star of last season, Marcus Rashford will find it hard to play regularly, Mourinho explained: “He’s very good but he is still a young boy with a lot to learn. At his age he can have ups and downs, and you have to be ready to support him if that is the case.”
Speaking of the Depay situation, Mourinho added: “I was impressed with him at the last World Cup and that was two years ago when he was a very young kid. I watched him many times at PSV, and having that player in mind, I want to keep him.”
It’s fair to say that during his time at Chelsea, Mourinho was not known for giving young talent a lot of game time, in fact he was quite guilty of overlooking them, with talented youngsters such as Nathan, Izzie Brown and Dom Solanke all being farmed out on loan to Vitesse. Only time will tell if Jose will stick to his word, but one would imagine that United fans will certainly be hoping that he doesn’t forget about or overlook the form of Rashford last season and gives the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson more playing time too.