Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed the trio of Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Demetri Mitchell to break into the first team next season.
From the Busby Babes to the Class of ’92, Manchester United have a great history of handing talented young players opportunities to shine for the first team but sadly, such a tradition seems to have taken a back seat in recent times as the Red Devils have struggled on the pitch since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Over the last four seasons, United have resorted to spend lavishly to bring in established players to the club and this has resulted in many talented young players not getting the opportunity to make a transition from the youth team to the first team at Old Trafford.
With Jose Mourinho, a manager who does not have the greatest of records with young players, now in charge, it was believed that youngsters at United will struggle even further to get game time but that has not proven to be the case so far.
Mourinho regularly used youngsters such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Timothy Fosu-Mensah last season and now the Portuguese boss is looking to promote more young players into the main squad, backing the likes of Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Demetri Mitchell to earn playing time for the senior squad during the upcoming campaign.
The 54-year-old said, “More than half of their [Real Madrid] team – which is their first team because they were only missing Ronaldo and Ramos – all these guys started with me and had debuts with me.
“They came into the first team with me, trained with me at 15 and 16 years old. Nacho, Casemiro, Carvajal, Morata, Marcelo was 20. So probably in a few years Manchester United will also have half a dozen of these kids.
“I think Scott McTominay and Demetri Mitchell are also kids to have a future in the club. And Andreas Pereira is back. So when the kids are good and have potential, there is no problem.”