Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Jose Mourinho to stick to Manchester United’s youth traditions.
The Mail on Sunday says the pair have spoken extensively since Mourinho’s appointment at Old Trafford and plan to bounce ideas off each other going forward.
Ferguson made it clear to the Portuguese how much esteem United hold their academy record in, with the club now having gone an incredible 3,803 consecutive matches having fielded a trainee in their starting XI.
That spans over 78 years and a chief reason the former boss – who still sits on United’s ‘football board’ alongside David Gill and Sir Bobby Charlton – is encouraging Mourinho to look towards Nicky Butt’s academy for more stars.
He referenced the rise of both Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, two players to have shone in every age group before first-team recognition, and claimed there are others waiting for a break.