Nemanja Vidic has urged Manchester United to approach the development of their young players with caution.
But Vidic, who won a number of trophies during his playing days at Man United, believes that the club must be patient with the youngsters as they find their feet at Old Trafford.
“I think it’s more difficult for defenders, especially when you have three or four of them playing together in the same match,” Vidic said.
“For the young players who come in up front, you need that energy, imagination, happiness… you can let them play and be more free, but, in defence, I think you need someone who can lead these young boys.
“United have always brought youngsters into the team and of course they have ability, they have shown that in the games they’ve played but, when you want to win the trophies, you have to patient with them. You have to give them the right matches, develop them slowly so you can think about keeping them there for many years.
“It’s a longer process not just for the defenders but even for attackers. You have to be careful how you develop them. You have to accept that Manchester United always need to win trophies and when the club don’t, players have to accept some criticism and that can be hard for the younger ones to take. They need some experienced players to take that weight off their backs.”
Vidic is right, players such as Rashford have been excellent but they are still relatively unknown quantities and the real test will come when the opposition starts to figure them out.
It is important that the young players do not get carried away and Louis van Gaal will no doubt remind them that there is still a lot of work ahead if they are to make it at United.