Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister believes Jose Mourinho will continue the club’s traditions of helping youth-team players progress whilst bringing in his own signings to the club.
Mourinho was named as Louis van Gaal‘s successor last week and has signed a three-year contract with an option to stay at Old Trafford until at least 2020.
Speaking about their futures, Pallister insists Mourinho will still let them develop and bring in world-class talent.
“We can all talk about youth but first and foremost you’ve got to be good enough to play in front of 76,000 fans,” he said.
“It’s not just about being young, you’ve got to be able to handle everything that comes with playing for the club.
“These kids have shown that they can deal with the pressure and although I’m sure Mourinho will bring in his own signings, he will nurture the youth at the same time.
“At United we’ve seen youngsters burst on the scene but fade away, Rashford has it all. The thing that stands out for me is his maturity and the football brain he has for an 18-year-old is outstanding.”
Van Gaal was very faithful to the philosophy of promoting youngsters, although some may argue his hand was forced with injuries, he often put his own reputation on the line to allow academy players to develop.
It was a disappointing campaign under van Gaal but we saw 14 young players receive a senior debut during his time at Old Trafford. Mourinho hasn’t been shy to play youngsters with talent with the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke and Andreas Christensen receiving first-team game time at Chelsea.
The future is bright at Old Trafford but Mourinho must respect the policy and continue club traditions if he wants to keep the fans on his side. There’s no doubt he’ll attract the best talent from around the world as a proposed deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to be in the works and getting the right balance between youth team players and buying players will be important next season.