Jose Mourinho is reportedly resigned to the fact he won't become Manchester United manager any time soon, with Ryan Giggs said to be lined up as the club's next boss.
According to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, the Red Devils are set to opt for their former midfielder and current assistant to Louis van Gaal instead of the Portuguese—who is said to already be aware of the choice—with the Old Trafford club concerned over Mourinho’s poor track record when it comes to developing young players.
Mullock expanded on the reported reasons as to why United will look to appoint Giggs instead of the former Chelsea man:
Powerful influences in the Old Trafford boardroom feel the Special One can’t be trusted to keep faith with the club’s long-standing philosophy of promoting homegrown talent from the Academy.
And Sunday Mirror Sport understands 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.
As noted by Mullock, United have included a homegrown player in their squad for every game since 1937, and it’s a policy they’re seeking to continue. And for all the qualities Mourinho possesses as a manager, giving academy talents a chance in the side is not one of them.
Kevin Palmer of ESPN FC noted that despite having some fine young footballers to call upon at Chelsea, Mourinho opted against using them:
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As Chelsea's kids flourish post-Mourinho, you question whether he is the right man for Man Utd and their young stars #MUFC #Rashford2016-3-5 16:04:53
At Old Trafford, that process is crucial. The Red Devils supporters love to see their own making it in the starting XI, something that has been evident in the lift the club has recently received following the emergence of Marcus Rashford; the striker has netted four times in his first three appearances for the club so far.
As the club’s official Twitter feed noted earlier this week, the teenager has made an immediate impact:
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What an incredible start to Marcus Rashford's #mufc career - our Player of the Month for February! https://t.co/gGkMz3GCMH2016-3-4 13:42:03
Mourinho may not have handed the youngster a chance. Indeed, the Chelsea academy side won the FA Youth Cup last season as well as the Europa Youth League, yet very few of the players were given opportunities in the starting XI despite the Blues’ struggles under his tutelage this term.
Giggs, as a player who took the academy route himself, would surely be willing to give these players a greater chance. Although his managerial experience is extremely minimal compared to that of Mourinho’s, if the club are looking at making a long-term appointment, in direct comparison to the Portuguese, he may well be the better option.