Manchester United have a history of promoting young talent, a trait that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be more than aware of.
When interim manager Solksjaer arrived in Manchester in 1996, the Class of 92’s development was well underway.
The likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes all helped to contribute to Manchester United’s treble-winning season three years after Solskjaer’s emergence, showing just how influential promoting youth can be.
As the Norweigan has returned to the North West as the boss, he will note the lack of youth that has been brought through, with only Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford now being established first-team members.
However, that could change if Solskjaer was to save money on signings and promote this DUO to the first-team.
Just about every United wants to catch Mason Greenwood in action for the first-team as soon as possible. He really is that good.
The 17-year-old striker has 20 goals and five assists in 17 games this season across the U18 Premier League, FA Youth Cup, UEFA Youth League and more recently the Premier League 2, display his clinical nature and ability to strike very well with both feet.
Considering the Red Devils’ lack of depth up top and the lack of youth development of late, throwing Greenwood in at the deep end for a Cup game to see how he fairs and building from there would not be a bad idea.
The more renown of the two, Angel Gomes, the cousin of ex-United player Nani, has been with the club since the age of six and has progressed through the ranks, making two first-team appearances, one in Solskjaer’s second game as boss.
Solskjaer clearly has faith in the creative midfielder and barring Paul Pogba, United’s midfield could do with some more attacking intuition, hence why promoting Gomes to the first-team and giving him a more regular role now he has excelled at youth level, would do wonders for his development.
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