Manchester United U19s coach Nicky Butt praises Callum Gribbin and Marcus Rashford following PSV Eindhoven victory

Manchester United U19s coach Nicky Butt praises Callum Gribbin and Marcus Rashford following PSV Eindhoven victory

Manchester United U19s coach Nicky Butt has hailed Marcus Rashford and Callum Gribbin following their performances in the 3-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Youth League.

Gribbin, 16, curled in a free-kick and is continuing to build an excellent reputation from set pieces while Rashford scored the other two goals.

It was a confident performance from Man United’s youngsters and Butt picked out Gribbin and Rashford for praise.

“We came out and played the football we felt was right for us and they could not handle Marcus’s pace up front, so we knew it was not a passing game for us but more getting behind them effectively. We did that and won 3-0 so I was really pleased with the second half,” Butt said.

Callum Gribbin

“Callum is a confident lad and he’s good at free-kicks.

“He’s scored a few this season already. He’s very confident and both Marcus and him are more than capable of putting the ball in the net and he was delighted with that one.

“Marcus is explosive, he’s a very talented boy but a good, hard worker as well. He’s a good lad to have in the side because he puts a shift in for the team. He’s explosive and he scores goals.”

Although first-team opportunities may be a long way off for both players, it is good to see Gribbin and Rashford impressing in the youth teams.

In particular, Gribbin’s continued development over the last 12 months has seen him rise through the ranks and aged just 16 he is making a big impression at every level he plays.

Butt has been tasked with helping their development at U19s level and with Paul Scholes looking likely to come in and help him at some point, the U19s will have some great ex-players around them to learn from.

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