Every Man Utd academy debutant under Jose Mourinho as former boss plots raid

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing a potential a raid on former club Manchester United for one of its brightest academy graduates.

Full-back Charlie Wellens was one of the talented youngsters brought into first-team training for experience by Mourinho before he was eventually sacked in 2018.

The Special One has been a fan of the 19-year-old for some time and after failing to sign him for Tottenham, is now looking to whisk him away to the Italian capital.

And while Mourinho has sometimes been criticised for his refusal to give younger players a chance, his tenure at Man United largely proved otherwise.

Wellens did not make a first-team appearance under Mourinho, though several Red Devils prospects were handed their debuts under the Portuguese manager in his two-and-a-half years in charge.

With those players having since gone on to enjoy varied levels of success in their careers, Daily Star Sport takes a look at where Mourinho’s Manchester United debutants are now.

Demetri Mitchell

Left-back Mitchell made his senior debut against Crystal Palace on the final day of the 2016/17 season.

That remains his only Premier League outing for the club with the player being sent out on loan to Hearts the following two seasons.

Now 24, Mitchell plays for Blackpool where he helped the side earn promotion to the Championship last season.

Joel Pereira

The towering Swiss-Portuguese goalkeeper, 25, also made his first and only league appearance for Man United against Palace, where he registered a clean-sheet.

Following a succession of loan spells to the likes of Vitoria, Hearts and Huddersfield, Pereira ended his nine-year spell with the Red Devils in the summer.

He now plays for Dutch side RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie, though he has missed the majority of the season with a hernia.

Scott McTominay

The Scottish midfielder is undoubtedly the biggest success story out of the academy boys Mourinho promoted.

McTominay, 25, made his debut against Arsenal in May 2017 and quickly became a regular in the starting-11, becoming one of Mourinho’s most appreciated players.

He has continued his development and formed the solid partnership dubbed ‘McFred’ alongside Brazilian midfielder Fred while making over a hundred league appearances for the Red Devils.

He also has 28 caps to his name for Scotland.

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Axel Tuanzebe

Another Mourinho-era success story, defender Tuanzebe was first called up for an FA Cup clash against Wigan Athletic as a teenager in 2017.

While he has not been able to nail a place in the United first-team like McTominay, he has gone on to make 37 senior appearances with half of those coming in the league.

Aged 24, Tuanzebe has enjoyed three different loan spells at Aston Villa who he currently represents in the Premier League.

Angel Gomes

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Playmaker Gomes was another youngster that Mourinho decided to field against Crystal Palace back in May 2017.

He arrived with great expectation, having become the youngest United debutant since Duncan Edwards after making his first appearance at just 16 years of age.

The London-born midfielder eventually left United for Lille in 2020 after 14 years in Manchester.

Finally delivering on all the promise at age 20, he has made an impressive 11 appearances in Ligue 1 this season.

Josh Harrop

Harrop had a dream debut against Palace when he scored one of the goals to secure a 2-0 win, becoming the club’s 100th Premier League scorer in the process.

Despite a promising season in the u23s, he was sold to Championship side Preston before the start of the 2017/18 season.

He made 87 appearances for Preston before joining League One outfit Ipswich on loan last season.

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