Mourinho Eyes Highly Rated English Starlet

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Jose Mourinho has long been accused of neglecting youth in his career.

However, as he pointed out in his first Manchester United press conference, the Portuguese man has given debuts to 49 young players over the years. Consider that myth killed off.

And the former Real Madrid boss has sent scouts to the under-19 European Championships to scout for new talent, particularly West Ham United’s Reece Oxford.

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17-year-old Oxford burst onto the scene at the start of last season, when he turned in an excellent performance against Arsenal and had the critics raving.

However, since then, first team opportunities have been limited, but clubs are still interested in taking one of England’s brightest talents away from the Olympic Stadium.

Red Bull Leipzig have already had a £10m bid turned down, which would have been one of the most random transfers ever, but United are considering a bid themselves.

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England kicked off their campaign against France on Tuesday night, and Mourinho’s scouts were there to look at Oxford, although the teenager remained on the bench throughout.

United have a tendancy to buy English defenders at a young age, after signing Chris Smalling from Fulham in 2010 and Phil Jones from Blackburn a year later.

And with United’s defence far from watertight last season, Mourinho wants to improve his new side’s last line, having already signed Eric Bailly from Villarreal for £30m.

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