Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United’s next manager must follow his example in promoting youth players.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and is convinced he will be taking over at the end of the season, but has a poor track record of promoting youth players.
The Dutchman has done a fantastic job of promoting homegrown players such as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard and even gave Anthony Martial first-team responsibility when he signed from AS Monaco at just 19.
“I hope people will look back in the future and talk of the young players as my legacy, but you can never tell,” van Gaal said on Friday.
“The next manager would also have to show the confidence in the younger players. So I cannot judge. If United, after I retire, hire a manager who does not give the benefit of the doubt to youngsters, it shall be very difficult.”
I think this is a not too subtle reference to Mourinho, a manager who has an excellent record of success but not so much with the bringing through and development of younger players.
Were he to replace van Gaal, he’d have to adhere and adapt to our traditions and keep the ethos of the club going. Mourinho wouldn’t be obliged to do that but given how much he wants the job, I think he’d be more than willing to adapt.