Manchester United’s youngsters are looking for ways to leave the club, according to the Daily Mail.
United have one of the brightest youth teams in Europe, but the youngsters are seemingly trying to find routes out of the club. The main cause of this attempted exodus is the arrival of Jose Mourinho, who took over from the sacked Louis van Gaal as manager in July.
United’s academy players flourished under van Gaal, as they all got chances – more by luck than judgement, with injuries to first team players forcing the manager’s hand – to prove their worth.
Players such as Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Donald Love, Guillermo Varela, Andreas Pereira, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Jesse Lingard and more famously, Marcus Rashford, all made their first team debuts under the Dutchman. It was one of the only positives he could take away from his short but horrific tenure at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, the arrival of Mourinho has set alarm bells off at the academy, with the Portuguese manager having a track record of preferring world-class experienced players instead of youth. He has already spent around £145 million this summer, and the arrivals of stars such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly has left a sour taste on the tongues of United’s youngsters.
They feel the spending on big name signings will only continue, hence blocking their path to the first team.
Donald Love and Paddy McNair have both already left the club on a permanent basis, joining David Moyes’ Sunderland. Adnan Januzaj has also followed the pair to the Midlands, but on a season long loan.
Andreas Pereira has been told he has a big future at the club, but will have to leave the club in order to gain crucial first-team minutes elsewhere. The Old Trafford outfit are also listening to offers for Will Keane and James Wilson.
This mass exodus is a major worry for players in the u19’s and u21’s, who were desperate to make their breakthroughs.
Mourinho claimed at the start of the season that he has given 49 players a chance, and while that figure may be debatable considering the fact that players like Arjen Robben are on it, you would only have to look at the emergence of players such Kurt Zouma and Raphael Varane to see that Mourinho’s policy is ‘if you’re good enough, you play’. The common worry, though, is how many players will ever get the chance to show that they’re good enough.