Charlie Nicholas: Jose Mourinho would abandon Manchester United’s youth policy

by Ben Topliss

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Jose Mourinho would abandon Manchester United’s youth policy if he replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the summer.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this term, is widely regarded to be the front-runner in the event of van Gaal’s exit.

Van Gaal has overseen a disappointing campaign but he has won praise for bringing through the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford. Mourinho’s critics believe that the Portuguese would neglect young players and Nicholas agreed with them.

“Jose Mourinho would come in, get rid of the kids and spend another quarter of a billion, whereas we’re now thinking they might not have to buy as much if they continue to develop the young players,” he said.

There are certainly reservations about the potential arrival of Mourinho. Along with his record of ignoring youngsters, his off-field behaviour has often got him into trouble.

But United aren’t in a position to be picky when it comes to their next appointment of manager.

Ryan Giggs is a club legend but he has next to no experience at the top level, and United can’t afford to risk it given their disastrous season. Mourinho is a proven, world-class manager who has won trophies at every club he has managed and he represents the ‘safest bet’ in terms of getting United back to the top.

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