Jose Mourinho has been advised by legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson not to forget the club’s youth traditions.
Both men are believed to have spoken extensively since Mourinho’s appointment at Old Trafford and plan to bounce ideas off each other going forward.
Ferguson is believed to have made it clear to the Portuguese how much esteem United hold their academy record in, with the club now having gone an incredible 3,803 consecutive matches having fielded a trainee in their starting XI.
That spans over 78 years and a chief reason the former boss – who still sits on United’s ‘football board’ alongside David Gill and Sir Bobby Charlton – is encouraging Mourinho to look towards Nicky Butt’s academy for more stars.
He referenced the rise of both Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, two players to have shone in every age group before first-team recognition, and claimed there are others waiting for a break.
Mourinho is also planning to offer pep talks to this season’s scholars as to what is expected if they are to make an impression on the Under 21s and beyond.
Two who have already been pushed in Mourinho’s direction are Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrell Warren, who are travelling with the squad to face Wigan in a friendly on Saturday.
Tuanzebe, 19, and Warren, just 17, were recommended to the new manager by head of academy Butt and head of football development John Murtough.
Mourinho is also likely to gauge how ready Timothy Fosu-Mensah is for regular games at right back, and appears ready to take on responsibility of promoting further teenagers to his squad.