A number of Manchester United youngsters are reportedly plotting a way out of the club over fears that they will not be given opportunities at the club.
Since Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford earlier this summer, the Red Devils have brought in Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to slot straight into their starting line-up this season.
In addition, Donald Love, Paddy McNair and Adnan Januzaj have been given the boot and moved elsewhere on loan deals, and so there is evidently a clear shift away from a youth policy with competition for places becoming more fierce.
According to The Daily Mail, Tyler Blackett, James Wilson and Will Keane have taken note of what has happened at the club over the past few weeks and believe that their best option is to leave United in search of securing regular football elsewhere to continue their development.
Representatives of the youngsters are understood to be exploring their options for them, with a move away from United now looking a real possibility.
It remains to be seen whether or not Mourinho’s summer spending has concluded as speculation has linked him with further activity in the coming weeks, but it’s apparent that certain individuals don’t fancy their chances of featuring for the first team this year.
United have spent over £150m this summer, and that is likely to set the trend for future transfer windows too as the club target the best players from around the world.
Whether it results in short-term and long-term success remains to be seen, but if this is the path that Mourinho is set to follow, then he will certainly be under pressure to deliver immediate success with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah the only likely survivors of the new strategy for now.