Jose Mourinho may have resigned himself to losing the chase for the Manchester United managerial job to Ryan Giggs after it emerged his failure to nurture young players may have jeopardized his chances of replacing Louis van Gaal.
Top influences in the Old Trafford boardroom feel the Portuguese can’t be trusted to keep faith with the club’s long-standing philosophy of promoting homegrown talent from the Academy to the first team.
And according to the Mirror, the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Mourinho has resigned himself to the fact that United are sticking with a succession plan that will see Ryan Giggs eventually take over from Van Gaal.
And the Dutchman, who has been under intense criticism several times this season as his Red Devils have struggled, hinted on Saturday that he has already been told he WILL complete the final year of his contract next season.
Van Gaal said: “There are a lot of players coming to Manchester United next season because they know I give them a chance.”
United have a proud tradition of developing their own stars — there has been a homegrown player in every single match-day squad since October 1937.
Giggs himself came through the ranks to become the most decorated player in the club’s glorious history.
And legends such as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Duncan Edwards are still revered by the Old Trafford fans.
Manchester-born Marcus Rashford is the latest starlet to burst through the system, scoring two goals in each of his first two senior games last week.