Is Angel Gomes's Manchester United future dependent on Mourinho's?
Manchester United have a history of bringing talented youngsters into the first-team. But, under Jose Mourinho, it has been easier for some than others.
While the United boss clearly rates Scott McTominay, he continues to overlook some of the best attacking talent in the academy.
Angel Gomes who, along with Tahith Chong, is being tipped for great things, has barely got a look-in since Mourinho took charge.
The 18-year-old is a marvellous talent who should have a huge future ahead of him. Under a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson, he could blossom.
But the current United boss will not pick a young player when an older one will do, no matter how poorly they are performing.
Gomes signed a professional contract at Old Trafford in 2017, yet it is hard to envisage a breakthrough while the Portuguese remains.
Mourinho has his favourites. He perseveres with players and tactics that are clearly not working.
While David Moyes put his trust in Adnan Januzaj, and Louis van Gaal blooded Marcus Rashford, the current United boss is a different beast.
Which begs the question: Will Mourinho have to leave before Gomes gets his United chance?
That seems likely, and few United fans will be crying if that is how things play out.
Gomes needs a manager who trusts him, not one who regularly attacks players instead of turning the spotlight on his own limitations.
If Mourinho leaves this summer, Gomes could take the next step. But, if the current United boss stays long term, do not be surprised if the talented midfielder ultimately looks elsewhere for a much-deserved chance.