Jose Mourinho’s management at Manchester United is “encouraging” for younger players involved with the club, left-back Demi Mitchell has claimed.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the club at the end of last season in the Reds’ final day Premier League victory against Crystal Palace.
He joined Scottish Premiership club Hearts in the January transfer window on a loan move until the end of this season and has been thoroughly impressive thus far.
The progress of Scott McTominay, who made his full debut alongside Mitchell last May, is giving encouragement to Mitchell while away on loan, knowing that opportunities to break into the first team are there under Mourinho.
“The manager gave me my debut and he has given Scott his as well, so he is giving youth a chance,” Mitchell explained.
“It is encouraging to see because I still have my sights set on playing one day for Manchester United.”
Mitchell is one a few loan stars impressing, with goalkeeper Dean Henderson at Shrewsbury Town earning plaudts weekly for his fantastic performances, including from England goalkeeper Joe Hart after West Ham United’s FA Cup tie against Henderson’s side.
He’ll hope to keep it up until the end of the season, and at least open up opportunities that were not previously there, even if he doesn’t have a first team future at United.
Mourinho was once criticised for his treatment of young players and inability to bring through academy graduates into the side. However, at United, he is dispelling that myth with McTominay.
“I am just worried at the moment about achieving as much as possible and doing well with Hearts,” Mitchell continued.
“We are still in the Scottish Cup and we need to finish in the top six, so there is lots to play for.
“Kilmarnock are only a few points behind us with games in hand so it is important we get a result.
“We have the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup against Motherwell on Sunday as well and we want to go far in that.”