Did Alex Ferguson have a dig at Jose Mourinho's methods?
Alex Ferguson has joined the chorus of senior Manchester United staff who agree promoting the club’s youth team policy, in comments that some may see as a snipe at Jose Mourinho.
Ferguson is reported to be backing his former player and current United assistant manager Ryan Giggs to succeed Louis van Gaal as United manager, even though Mourinho is the odds-on favourite to take over at Old Trafford this summer.
After Giggs conducted an interview with United’s official magazine suggesting youth developments should be part of the club’s DNA, now Ferguson has added to those words in an interview with Sky, as he praised the progress of young striker Marcus Rashford in recent weeks.
Mourinho is perceived to be a manager who does not promote players from youth academies in the first team squad, so these statements from United director and key decision maker Ferguson make for interesting reading.
“You have to give him (Van Gaal) credit, he's given nine young players their debut. I think the future is good,” Ferguson stated.
“Rashford is an example of what I think is Manchester United. They are the one club in England who will always identify a Rashford and give a young kid a chance - there is no better club in England at giving young kids a chance. Rashford is a sensation and one of the best in years.”
Ferguson’s comments add to the suspicion that a campaign is underway to back up the historic values at United, with Mourinho’s firebrand style not fitting the mould some of the senior directors at Old Trafford cherish.
Mourinho’s camp are believed to have held talks over a possible move to United, but no deal has been signed to allow the former Chelsea boss to take over.
Ferguson on Leicester...
Leicester have got the bit between their teeth. They've been the best team without question throughout the season and they deserve to win it. You would think their inexperience would count, but Leicester have unbelievable energy and togetherness that suggests they're going to see it through.
Ferguson on Tottenham...
Tottenham, at the moment, are playing some of the best football I've seen from a Spurs team in many years - but Leicester have got the edge. I think they'll get there. Tottenham's biggest problem (in the summer) will be keeping Mauricio Pochettino. There will be a lot eyes on him.
Ferguson on Dele Alli...
He's the best young midfield player I've seen in England for many years, probably going as far back as (Paul) Gascoigne. The boy's got everything - it's early doors for him, of course, but the signs are fantastic.
On this season's failure of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool
Big clubs don't miss out for too long. They all do something as expectation is so high and their history is so good so they won't be missing for a long time.
Ferguson on England's Euro 2016 hopes...
I think it is one of the best chances of international success in the European Championships with the squad they have got. (Harry) Kane has been fantastic, hits the target well and he reminds me of Alan Shearer in that most of his shots were on the target.