Jose Mourinho’s insistence that he gives youth a chance has not been reflected in his selections so far at Manchester United. The team sheet against Southampton and Bournemouth proves so. Two more young defenders left Manchester United after Paddy McNair and Donald Love left for Sunderland.
Reading Football Club have signed defender Tyler Blackett on a three-year deal, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will spend the 2016-17 season on loan with the Championship side Wolves.
New Black Cats boss David Moyes was a known admirer of the young defensive duo (McNair and Donald Love) and has moved quickly to bring in the two 21-year-olds on four-year deals. Both of them had a great potential but their sudden future playing at United came under doubt since Jose became in-charge.
And according to recent news, it is expected that United might lose Phil Jones to Stoke City anytime soon. Things have been very complicated since the day Mourinho announced that he would only manage a set of players and the ones who won’t be needed will have to find a club elsewhere to play.
The show being run under the Portuguese manager hasn’t done justice to what was promised when he signed for United. The young talent had to be developed and played simultaneously, but as of now, no measures have seemed to be taken by Jose.
The only youngster who is currently under Jose’s plan is Marcus Rashford. The rest are either being permanently sold or having to spend the whole season on loan somewhere else. Some of the players including Tom Thorpe left the club even before Mourinho actually arrived at the club in hunt of a place where they can get some playing time.
It looks like things are coming straight under the power of the new manager. The winning mentality which was appraised by many has shown it’s colours and reminds us of how even players like Kaka and Casillas were benched on multiple occasions under the “Special One” during his managerial career at Real Madrid.
Very soon we might witness Mourinho slowly and slowly taking the duty of stuff that goes well beyond his actual job at the Old Trafford. We just hope that the likes of Borthwick-Jackson, Saidy Janko, Tom Thorpe and few others still have some future with United if possible.
In Mourinho’s defence, it very much appears like he will accomplish a lot if he has the total control, forgetting the club’s ethics and old ways for just once.