Manchester United want their next manager to build his team around four players from the current squad.
Promoting youth from their very own academy has been the identity of Manchester United from the beginning, and it was only strengthened further with Sir Alex Ferguson’s usage of the decorated Class of 92.
To this day, the Red Devils hold the record of naming a youth academy graduate into a match-day squad, and it has stood for over 80 years, having begun on October 30, 1937.
This very philosophy of assigning central importance to their own talents is what the Mancunian giants wish to carry further forward when they hire a new manager come summer.
According to the Telegraph, the club wants its next gaffer to build his team around an attacking unit that consists of four of their current superstars – Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial.
The futures of Martial and Pogba were especially uncertain under Jose Mourinho, but United wish to ensure that no such problems re-emerge under their next managerial appointment.
The Reds ended their Boxing Day encounter against Huddersfield Town with an attacking quarter made up entirely of their own products, as it featured the likes of Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, and Angel Gomes.
Will this philosophy live on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor?