All does not seem well at Old Trafford, as their Portuguese boss cuts a disillusioned figure on the touchline at times, and after his sides woeful 3-2 loss on the South Coast to Brighton & Hove Albion, questions are already being asked about how capable Jose is of getting Manchester United to challenge for league titles again.
Manchester United did manage to beat Puel’s Leicester on the opening day, although they were unconvincing in victory. Against Brighton, a lot of the weaknesses in the United side were exposed.
One of the major criticisms pinpointed at the Old Trafford boss is his refusal to give youth a fair chance. Under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, United famously gave their young prospects a chance. This means Mourinho’s approach of favouring experienced senior professionals over youth, is something fairly new for Manchester United. Many of the Old Trafford faithful will be desperate to see their boss give a chance to some young stars in the United ranks.
With that in mind, here are two wonderkids Mourinho surely needs to hand a chance to…
The 17-year-old wonderkid has already been an integral member of England’s youth sides.
The small-framed winger is agile, composed and creative on the ball, and could have the star quality in attacking midfield this Manchester United side is lacking in. With Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi already making an impact at Stamford Bridge despite being the same age as Gomes, surely it is time Jose Mourinho unleashed the young wonderkid in the Premier League.
He would be something of an unknown quantity to top-flight defences, which would make him extremely hard to deal with.
The ultra-talented youngster can be played either as a traditional centre-forward or in the ‘number 10’ role. He has been in lethal touch for United’s youth sides, scoring 17 goals in 19 appearances for United’s under-18 side last season.
He has already become a vital cog in England’s under-17 outfit.
His composure in front of goal sets him apart from the majority of players his age. Surely it is time Jose promoted the star to the first-team set-up.