Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has predicted that youngsters, Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell, are among a group of academy players whose futures as first-team regulars are bright.
McTominay, 20, made his debut last season in the premier league match against Crystal Palace, a game that Mitchell also made his debut.
Both players played the entire duration of the match, and impressed enough to be named in the squad for the preseason tour of the US.
With the two youngsters having featured in some matches in the US, including against European champions, Real Madrid, Mourinho believes they, alongside Andreas Pereira, back from loan, have bright futures at Old Trafford.
“I think Scott and Demetri are also kids to have a future in the club and Andreas Pereira is back,” Mourinho said.
“Probably in a few years Man United will also have half a dozen of these kids [in the team].”
Mourinho has been criticized for his reputation of not giving young talents a chance, but the Portuguese was quick to defend himself.
“The reputation is the reputation. But the other day I found myself in the tunnel before the Real Madrid game,” he added.
“I’m not talking about the second half because [those players] were kids who were 15-16 during my time there.
“But in the first half more than half the Real team, which is their first team because they were only missing [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Sergio] Ramos, all these guys started with me and had debuts with me.
“They came into the first team with me, they trained with me when they were 15 and 16 years old. Nacho, Casemiro, [Dani] Carvajal, Marcelo was 20. Almost all of them. So when the kids are good and have potential, there is no problem [for me to play them].”
United play their last match in their preseason tour of the US in later tonight, against Barcelona, having won four in four.