Jose Mourinho has revealed that there are three Manchester United youth players who he believes have incredible potential and are destined to have a bright future at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese boss has picked up the unwanted and slightly unfair reputation of being a manager who prefers ready-made players over the youth players looking to make the step-up from the academy and into the first-team picture.
Mourinho has always defended his record of giving academy graduates a chance, and had even prepared a list of players who have gone on to have great careers, but were handed their professional debuts by him.
“The reputation is the reputation,” Mourinho recently stated in his press conference during his team’s pre-season tour of USA.
“But the other day I found myself in the tunnel before the Real Madrid game and, I’m not talking about the second-half because they were kids who were 15 or 16 during my time there, but in the first-half more than half the Real team, which is their first-team because they were only missing Ronaldo and Ramos, all these guys started with me and had debuts with me.
“They came into the first team with me, they trained with me when they were 15 and 16 years old. Nacho, Casemiro, Carvajal, Morata. Morata was not there, Marcelo was 20. Almost all of them.
“So probably in a few years Man United will also have half a dozen of these kids [in the team]. I think Scott (McTominay) and Demetri (Mitchell) are also kids to have a future in the club and Andreas Pereira is back. So when the kids are good and have potential, there is no problem.”
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