Jose Mourinho appears keen to continue the traditions of Manchester United by paying attention to youth. He visited the U-14 squad this week.

The team was about to travel to Portugal to play in Benfica and Mourinho turned up as a surprise to give them some words of advice. He didn’t just pop in to show his face, rather took time to talk to the kids and answer their questions.

Nicky Butt, Head of Academy, talked about the reason behind taking the youngster abroad to play.

As part of our preparation for foreign tours we like to teach our young players a little about the culture and language of the country they are visiting. It’s important that we give the boys the Manchester United experience and make our academy different and better than any other in the world. We want to provide a programme that includes the boys feeling part of the Manchester United family and the manager’s involvement is instrumental and goes a long way to producing that.