Manchester United have sometimes in the past shown much interest in players who graduated from the club’s academy but the hiring of José Mourinho in 2016 seemed to have brought that trend to a less effective one.
Since Mourinho took charge from Ryan Giggs two seasons ago, only three players — of which two were sent out on loan to La Liga — has been given the opportunity to feature for the first-team squad.
Joel Pereira and Axel Tuanzebe were handed their first-team debut by the Portuguese manager but they were eventually sent out to lower teams for more game-time.
Only Scott McTominay was able to end the season at Old Trafford, though he only spent 360 minutes on the pitch throughout the campaign. It is all but certain that the 21-year-old Scottish midfielder will be sent out on a loan deal when the summer transfer window officially begins.
However, another player from the club’s Under-23 side, Joe Riley, has officially left Old Trafford for the Northern Commercials Stadium, where he would team up with Bradford next season.
The 21-year-old defender failed to get any first-team appearance under Mourinho this term and he decides to join the League One side so as to be fully involved in regular first-team actions.
Riley featured in two matches for the Red Devils’ main squad under Louis Van in 2016. Ever since then, the youngster didn’t get another chance with the team.