Denis Irwin firmly believes Jose Mourinho would understand and respect Manchester United’s philosophy of bringing through academy graduates into the first-team.
The emergence of a host of youngsters including Marcus Rashford has been one of the biggest positives this season for Man United fans but there are concerns Mourinho wouldn’t do the same if he became manager.
Mourinho’s history at clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has not seen him bring through many young players into the senior squad, leading to questions over whether he’d do the same at Man United if he were to get the job.
However, Irwin firmly believes that wouldn’t be the case.
“If Mourinho does come in, he will appreciate what the club is all about and he’ll have to understand the Manchester United philosophy of youngsters coming through,” Irwin said.
“He will have to understand that if he does become manager at some point and I’m sure he will make these youngsters better players.”
I’ve been honest in saying that question is my major concern over Mourinho but I think he would adapt to the club. It’s a job he’s desperately wanted for years and the only thing missing from his CV is a legacy like Sir Alex Ferguson’s which is why I feel he went back to Chelsea but that didn’t work out.
United’s history is so intrinsically linked to the academy that no manager could come in to the club and completely turn a blind eye to it, the board wouldn’t let that happen. So if Mourinho was to get the job, I’ve got no doubt it would be on the premise that the academy became something he used rather than simply cast aside as so many fear he would.