Here is why Jose Mourinho's 49 player 'list' highlighting his youth policy is very misleading
Jose Mourinho may have dismissed criticism of his record on promoting youth as “one lie repeated many times” on Monday, but the Manchester United manager’s list of young players he “promoted to the first team from academies” does not stand up to much scrutiny.
Of the 49 players cited at Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, almost half of them – 23 – made just one appearance under Mourinho with another 10 playing only two games for the Portuguese.
That means that 67% of the players on Mourinho's vaunted list played made just two appearances or less for the Special One.
Most were packed off on loan or sold soon after making their debut.
Just 14 of the players listed made more than five appearances under Mourinho, who bristled at suggestions he does not give enough opportunity to youngsters.
“Some of them are big names, they are today Champions League winners or in the Euros, playing for national teams and 49 is a lot,” he said. “So once more, one lie repeated many times, sometimes it looks like it’s true but it will be always a lie.”
While the figure of 49 is technically accurate, it paints a misleading picture as to how many youth players developed into fully-fledged professionals under Mourinho.
Here is the list of players in full:
Uniao de Leiria
Joao Paulo Andrade
Jesus Fernando Collado
Fernando Pacheco Flores
Chelsea (second spell)
Ruben Loftus Cheek