The Future Looks Bright: Manchester United Target Five Stunning Young Talents as Jose Mourinho Plans for the FuturePublished May 31, 2016
Now that Jose Mourinho has been installed as Manchester United boss, some days after it was public knowledge, the media’s attention has turned to whom the Portuguese boss will look to bring in over the summer.
Mourinho is not well known for trusting to youth and indeed many have pointed out that a number of youngsters failed to get a look-in during his tenure as Chelsea manager.
Under Louis van Gaal it would be fair to say that things in that department were fairly rosy, with the veteran Dutchman being willing to blood a number of youngsters.
Over the course of 2016/17 the likes of Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Jesse Lingard became regulars whilst big-money signing Anthony Martial made strong in-roads into justifying the massive fee invested in his services.
Here are five top young talents who are uppermost in Mourinho’s squad rebuilding plans.
Reece Oxford (West Ham) (via the Daily Mail)
17-year-old broke into the Hammers first-team set-up this season and has a bright future ahead of him and Slaven Bilic may struggle to keep hold of the adaptable teenager if Manchester United do indeed come calling.
Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) (via the Daily Mail)
Spaniard is said to be high up on Jose Mourinho’s wish-list and his efforts in La Liga and Champions League action this term certainly suggest that the cultured attacking midfielder has what it takes to mature into a performer of the highest quality.
John Stones (Everton) (via the Daily Star)
Everton man was close to completing a move to Chelsea last summer and may well be available for the right price this summer. The England international could prove an excellent purchase and a pairing alongside national team colleague Chris Smalling looks promising.
Andre Gomes (Valencia) (via the Daily Express)
22-year-old central midfielder is said to be nearing a move to Manchester United and if Jose Mourinho wants to get a deal done ‘on the cheap’ then he’d do well to ensure chief executive Ed Woodward ties up the move before the Euro 2016 finals get underway as it’s likely the former Benfica man’s stock will rise over the course of the summer.
Paul Pogba (Juventus) (via the Independent)
Another big-name target and a player who at 23 years of age has already achieved an amazing amount and Mourinho will have his work cut out persuading the French international to return to Old Trafford.
The funds for a big money bid are certainly there and any move to bring in the midfielder would be a real statement of intent from a side that doesn’t have Champions League football to offer.