David Moyes wants to make sure the foundation for his Manchester United side of the future is based around the team being young and powerful.
Marouane Fellaini is currently the only first team player signed by Moyes but that will all change over the next few transfer windows where he has every intention of creating a new, youthful looking United side.
“This club has always been renowned for promoting young players, putting them in, giving them a chance,” he said.
“It is important to protect young players while they are developing, though there is also a part of the process where you have to say now is the time to stand up and show us what you can do. Here’s your opportunity now take it.
“We are a young team now, Phil Jones is still young, so is Tom, Adnan Januzaj is in the team just now, also Chris Smalling. I’m hoping to add to that as soon as I can and build a really young, powerful team.
“For the moment though I am much happier with the way we are playing. By the end of January I’d like to be much closer to the top of the table than we are now. If we want to catch the others we will obviously need them to make mistakes, but first we have to do our job right.”
Although United does have an ageing core, there is a fantastic spread of young players ready to take us into the new era. De Gea (23), Rafael (23), Smalling (24), Jones (21), Evans (25), Cleverley (24), Welbeck (23) and Januzaj (18) are already in the first team squad.
Looking further down the ranks in the academy there is the likes of Pereira (17), Wilson (17), Cole (20), Powell (19), Lingard (21), Pearson (18), Rothwell (18) and Keane (20) to name just a few players who have the potential to become first team players at United.
On top of all that potential, Moyes could also bring in some fantastic young players from around the world such as Koke (21), Gundogan (23) and Herrera (24).
Moyes has now reiterated on more than one occasion his preference for promoting youth and he has backed it up with Januzaj so far. For me, it has to be one of the most pleasing things to see in terms of continuity from Ferguson and it gives me confidence that after a couple more transfer windows, Moyes’ United side is going to look refreshed, youthful and powerful – ready to take us into a new era.