Jamie Carragher rubbishes this Man United fear over Jose Mourinho
Jamie Carragher defends Jose Mourinho over claims that he won't give Man United's youth players a chance
Jamie Carragher has rubbished the suggestion that Jose Mourinho won’t give youth a chance to flourish at Manchester United.
The 53-year-old was named as the new Red Devils boss on Friday morning as Mourinho became the third manager since Sir Alex Ferguson following in the footsteps of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
His predecessor was credited with giving England teenager Marcus Rashford and United midfielder Jesse Lingard a chance to shine in the first-team, as well as Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Anthony Martial.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp has expressed concerns that United’s younger players could struggle to thrive under the new Red Devils manager.
However, Redknapp’s ex-Liverpool team-mate Carragher moved to debunk the myth that Mourinho is reluctant to turn to youth.
“As for not bringing young players through, if they are top class, he plays them,” Carragher told Daily Mail.
“He played 19-year-old Carlos Alberto in the Champions League final at Porto, he gave a chance to Raphael Varane at Real Madrid and picked Davide Santon at Inter when he was a teenager. So Marcus Rashford will be fine if he carries on as he is.”
Van Gaal led United to FA Cup glory last weekend after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace before he was sacked on Monday night.