Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are showing they really mean it when it comes to building for the future.
While many managers deploy empty platitudes and hollow promises over bringing through youth players and maintaining a club’s identity, Mourinho deserves huge credit for walking the walk at Old Trafford.
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According to the Daily Star, United remain committed to keeping hold of Marcus Rashford this summer by attempting to scare off suitors with a £100million price tag as they hope to tie him down to a new contract.
The England international hasn’t played as much as he would have liked in the second half of this season, but remains a huge talent we absolutely have to hold on to.
Many will no doubt still question Mourinho’s record with young players – and it’s justified to an extent due to his record with other clubs – but he seems a changed man since joining last season.
Just look at how Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay’s careers have been launched by the Portuguese as he puts passion and commitment to the club ahead of price tags.
McTominay has genuinely challenged Paul Pogba for a place in the side, while Lingard’s superb form meant Henrikh Mkhitaryan was shipped out and Juan Mata struggles to play as often as in the past.
Rashford’s time will come and it’s encouraging to see the club are focused on the long term by showing the kind of faith in him that will hopefully mean he returns the favour.