Considering Paul Scholes kept himself to himself over his playing career, I didn’t expect to hear from him so often following it but I am really glad he has come out of his shell. He looks to be adapting to the lifestyle of being a coach and being in front of the camera quite easily and he has taken some time out to give a few thoughts on the youth set-up at United and how it might come into play in the senior squad sooner rather than later:
“We’d struggled a bit in the Youth Cup since 1992 but this group look like they’re ready to go into the first-team now because they’re big, strong, powerful lads and have the skill to go with it.”
To have a comparison to following on the Youth Cup squad of 1992 which contained the likes of Giggs, Beckham, Butt and Neville is a testament to the talent that this young bunch of lads holds. Winning the FA Youth Cup last season was just the fitting end to a barnstorming season that established the United academy as one of the strongest in the country. Boasting the likes of a goalscoring genius in Will Keane and a potential midfield powerhouse in Paul Pogba, the squad is deep in numbers and saturated in quality. If the 4-1 victory for the reserves tonight against Curzon Ashton is anything to go by, then we will be seeing some senior appearances this season. Paul Scholes continued on and highlighted out Ravel Morrison as the individual player he holds highest hopes for amongst the youth:
“They’re strong physically and have got the talent to go with it. You are probably looking at Ravel to come through, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Paul Pogba, but there are a lot of talented players. We’ve trained with Ravel and we know what talent he’s got – hopefully he will fulfil it. These lads might get their chance on the pre-season tour. I know the manager does like to take young lads away and there’s four or five of them who could go on to great things.”
As it happens, none of the players got a chance to go on the pre-season tour as SAF obviously preferred to leaving them to enjoy their own pre-season with the reserves. Does this mean that he doesn’t think they are ready for the step-up yet? Not necessarily. Considering we only have 3 recognisable natural, central midfielders in Carrick, Anderson and Fletcher, the possibility for some of the players to get a chance next season is most definitely there.
Full story: The Independent