REVEALED: Why Mourinho didn’t get the United job

Portuguese was overlooked due to his inability to develop youths

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was never considered an option by Manchester United because of his inability to develop and blood youth players from the academy.

United were on the search for a new manager after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, and despite Mourinho leaving Real Madrid, he was never considered an option by the club.

Eventually The Red Devils appointed David Moyes from Everton, a decision they regretted 10-months later as they sacked the Scot after finishing seventh in the league.

Moyes was then replaced with Louis van Gaal who managed to bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford after finishing fourth last season.

Youth Policy

However, it has now been revealed that United completely overlooked Mourinho as an option to replace Sir Alex due to his inability to bring through youths.

Since Van Gaal has taken over at United, fans have seen the likes of Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair, Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson in the first-team, and that’s something the club didn’t think Mourinho would do.

United have a strict policy about youth players and like a manager to bring them through the ranks, something Mourinho isn’t known for as he opts to spend big outside of the club rather than promote from within.

This policy and system seemingly cost Mourinho the chance of being Manchester United manager.

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Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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