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Three forgotten Manchester United starlets that will want to make an impact on Mourinho

Tuesday 7th June 2016
Jose Mourinho has been installed as Manchester United's new manager this year, and the Portuguese coach clearly has a massive job ahead. However, he does inherit a squad with an immense array of talent, some of which have been forgotten about over recent years.
We've decided to take a look at three players who have bright futures in the game, and could make a real impression on the self-proclaimed Special One despite being left on the bench – or treatment table.

Phil Jones

Upon making his multi-million pound move to Manchester United, Phil Jones was touted as the next Duncan Edwards. In his debut season, the fans were certainly given glimpses of his talents, as he looked like a real defensive leader from the off. However since then, his minutes on the field have gradually become more and more reduced due to a series of lengthy injuries – and that culminated in barely any playing time last term.

Now 24, he's no longer that youngster with a bright future and Jones has to start proving his worth immediately. If he can put those problems behind him, the former Blackburn man could well go on to have an excellent career under Jose Mourinho – who is clearly a big fan of Jones as he tried to sign him when he was Chelsea boss.

Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj is one of the brightest, most explosive prospects to come out of the Manchester United academy in recent years. He scored two stunning goals on debut to give United a much-needed three points at the time, which led to him featuring extremely heavily for the remainder of that season.

As soon as Louis van Gaal took charge at Old Trafford it was clear that the Dutchman was not a fan of the now 21-year-old. He has been limited to substitute appearances and the odd start in a cup competition, before being loaned out to Borussia Dortmund.

That talent doesn't just fade away, though. If Jose Mourinho believes in him and his style of play, we could well see a new lease of life for Adnan Januzaj this campaign. He could be like a new signing.

James Wilson

The young striker Wilson is another one who can count himself as immensely unlucky. Ryan Giggs gave him his big chance when the Welshman was interim boss back in 2014, and Wilson grabbed that opportunity with both hands by netting twice on debut.

He is another one who has suffered from the Louis van Gaal factor. The Dutchman only likes to play with one front man, and with the huge array of strikers United had at the time, it meant Wilson going out on loan elsewhere.

Now Manchester United don't really have an awful lot of forwards on their books, and this could well be James Wilson's chance to shine. He simply has to make an excellent first impression on Jose Mourinho and he could have a huge part to play this term.

These are just a few players who can count themselves as unlucky to have not featured more, but it is worth pointing out that the likes of Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, and Andreas Pereira are all still at the club. It all depends on what type of player Jose Mourinho takes a liking to.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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