Paul Scholes believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson by handing opportunities to young players at Manchester United.
Teden Mengi became the eighth academy graduate to make his debut for United this season, the first time that tally of debutants from the youth ranks has been hit since the 1950s.
United have a proud history of blooding academy players into the first-team, evidenced by Mason Greenwood’s and Marcus Rashford’s rises to prominence.
“Sir Alex Ferguson was desperate to get young players playing and Ole has gone the same way,” Scholes told BT Sport. “They have to be good enough of course and they think highly of this lad and let’s hope this is his first of many to come.
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“He looked to have a good size about him. We didn’t see that much of him as it was only the last five or ten minutes but the academy are producing players and you’ve got to give people credit for that at the club.
“Nicky Butt especially has been very instrumental in that, bringing Mason Greenwood in, was involved with Marcus Rashford as well and Brandon Williams, another one who has burst onto the scene this season and has been really good.
“The future is bright. Let’s hope they can still keep on producing these young players that the club is all about.”