Jamie Carragher has backed Jose Mourinho to continue the clubs traditions and allow youth players to flourish at Manchester United.
The former Chelsea manager was named as Man United’s new boss on Friday morning and will take charge of the club in the new season.
Louis van Gaal handed senior debuts to 14 young players during his time at Old Trafford and was credited for allowing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to blossom on the first-team.
Speaking about Mourinho’s past, Carragher insists he’s proven he’ll allow youngsters to progress if they show potential.
“As for not bringing young players through, if they are top class, he plays them,” he said.
“He played 19-year-old Carlos Alberto in the Champions League final at Porto, he gave a chance to Raphael Varane at Real Madrid and picked Davide Santon at Inter when he was a teenager. So Marcus Rashford will be fine if he carries on as he is.”
Van Gaal brought plenty of unknown youngsters onto the senior side and it was excellent to see them progress and improve each week, giving young players a chance is what the club is about and if Mourinho wants to keep fans on his side he’ll have to prove he can adapt his strategies for the club.
The number of debuts van Gaal gave to players could slightly skewed by the club’s extensive injury list at the start of the campaign, but with a youngster making a debut once every 6.6 games on average under van Gaal it’s hard not to praise the Dutchman on his youth involvement.
Although Mourinho’s style has been criticised, he hasn’t been shy of handing talented youngsters debuts on the first-team as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke and Andreas Christensen all progressed well under Mourinho during his time at Stamford Bridge.