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Mourinho: How the squad will evolve this summer

Jose Mourinho expects the younger members of his Manchester United squad to get a chance to earn regular places next season.

The boss was asked after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham if he expected a lot of investment this summer to enhance his squad. 

Although admitting he would need to strengthen in midfield, Jose was keen to stress he expects existing players to develop.

Scott McTominay has been introduced from the Under-23s this season and taken his chances when being trusted in some big matches. 

Several promising youngsters are out on loan and could return to fight for a place, while there are others showing real potential within the system.

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“We are going to invest the basic to improve our squad,”
explained the United manager.
“There is always a player or a couple of players in the squad who are not playing a lot, and they will obviously try to leave, so we are going again to touch [tweak] our squad and to believe that more than [a case of] spend, spend, spend, is probably the evolution of our players.

We have some young players that need to get, with both hands, opportunities with their evolution, so let's see.

Tour 2018, presented by Aon, should offer some clues as to the planning for 2018/19, with some players unavailable due to their World Cup involvement.

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“The promotion of youngsters is a constant topic of conversation at United and Jose is shrewd enough to know there are many prospects at hand, which could be a massive benefit to him and our transfer strategy in the summer. So who is he thinking about for great opportunities next season? 

“Only the manager knows, but Scott McTominay is likely to receive even more playing time with Michael Carrick set to retire in May. Tim Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Demi Mitchell and Andreas Pereira are all due to return from educational loan spells in the Premier League, Championship, Scottish Premiership and La Liga, hoping to build on their previous first-team experiences. 

“Jose has previously included the likes of Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton in his senior squad, so perhaps there are great opportunities ahead for them as well. But the bigger picture is simple: our Academy lads have a direct route into the seniors if ready, willing and able.”

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