2016 PL

49 really? Okay, let’s count!!!

Mourinho on allegations that he doesn’t promote youth at his 1st press conference today as a Manchester United manager.

One lie, repeated many times . . but always a lie. You know how many players I promote through the academy to the first team – 49. If you want the list I can provide you with it. 

So who is ready ready to count along and also laugh hard?

Porto (January 2002-June 2004)

Academy products given debut: 
Ricardo Costa,
Hugo Luz

Chelsea (June 2004-September 2007)

Academy products given debut: 
Anthony Grant,
Steven Watt,
Jimmy Smith,
Michael Woods,
Ben Sahar,
Sam Hutchinson,
Lenny Pidgeley

Inter Milan (June 2008-May 2010)

Academy products given debut: 
Davide Santon,
Rene Krhin,
Giulio Donati,
Alen Stevanovic,
Francesco Bolzoni

Real Madrid (May 2010-June 2013)

Academy players given debut: Antonio Adan, Alex Fernandez,
Jose Rodriguez,
Juan Carlos,
Tomas Mejias,
Alvaro Morata,
Denis Cheryshev,
Diego Llorente,
Omar Mascarell,
Fernando Flores,
David Mateos,
Juan Carlos,
Pablo Sarabia

Chelsea (June 2013- December 2015)

Academy players given debut: 
Lewis Baker,
Dominic Solanke,
Ruben Loftus-Cheek,
John Swift,
Andreas Christensen,
Bertrand Traore

Two things:

1. There’s not 49.

2. Giving a player a first team debut is not “promoting from youth”.

In fact, Sportsmail can reveal that Mourinho has handed first-team opportunities in the league to only 23 academy players during his 15 years of management at Benfica, Uniao Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. 

These players have largely been used when he has been short of numbers and have not gone on to play regularly for the side.

Hello, my name is José Mourinho and I have a wonderful abysmal record in promoting youths from my team's academy system

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