Have Jose Mourinho's Manchester United chances suffered a significant blow?

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Manchester United's youth is flourishing... but would it under Jose Mourinho?

Manchester United have a big decision their future to make... does it involved Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal, or Jose Mourinho?

As far as results go, Louis van Gaal has not been up to the job. United look set to miss out on the top four, and exited the Champions League at the group stages this season. Even David Moyes did not suffer that fate.

Van Gaal's squad building has been erratic, exposed in key positions, but the one saving grace has been the talent in the academy which has blossomed.

This could not be enough to keep the Dutchman in the job, but it might shape the club's future.

With young talent like Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela, and Joe Riley blossoming, and Andreas Pereira and James Wilson hoping to follow, United are well set for the future.

There is more to come from the production line of talent, with Angel Gomes, Callum Gribbin, and Axel Tuanzebe among the young players hoping to break through.

Combine this with a young nucleus of recognised first team talent, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay, and United's future looks healthy, especially if Adnan Januzaj can too realise his potential.

Quite where Jose Mourinho fits in is another matter. The former Chelsea boss is known for quick fixes, but at the cost of youth development.

United need results and need wins, but Mourinho's track record suggests he would be more comfortable sending the likes of Borthwick-Jackson out on loan and buying an alternative solution.

Ryan Giggs is the alternative, but the assistant has had his candidacy tainted by his association with Van Gaal, and has no real track record.

Fans will recall that when he was caretaker boss, he gave James Wilson more chances than he has had since, and this may help him stand a chance of landing the biggest job at the club.

Last night's game against FC Midtjylland was an argument against Jose Mourinho, and if senior figures at the club pay attention, the would-be manager's chances may have taken a significant blow.

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