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Solskjaer plans to promote more youngsters to Man United first-team next season



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Manchester United could promote two youngsters to the first-team

According to MEN, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to incorporate more youngsters into his squad next season.

The Red Devils have been a club where youngsters have consistently come through. Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams added their names to the list with impressive breakout seasons.

The likes of Tahith Chong, James Garner and former starlet Angel Gomes have all been shown faith in this season.

Solskjaer recently added 18-year-old defensive duo Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird, both 18, to the first-team squad. The former even travelled to Aston Villa as Victor Lindelof was a doubt with a back injury.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could promote more youngsters to the Manchester United first team
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could promote more youngsters to the Manchester United first team

The boss is keen to create an atmosphere that helps youngsters thrive and challenge the established players in the first-team.

“If we keep on improving and building an environment in the training ground and keep building on the culture, add one or two youngsters, maybe add players who can challenge those who we have got here.”

With the likes of Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot now on the periphery, it remains to be seen if the club will replace the duo with youth graduates.

Solskjaer was coy yet firm on the subject. He went on to state that the fringe players cannot dictate the club’s long-term visions.

Angel Gomes left the club earlier this summer
Angel Gomes left the club earlier this summer (Image Credits: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“You can’t think three months ahead now with players who are in and around the first-team.”

It is evident that some youngsters will go out on loan to gain valuable experience. It is not always possible for youngsters to make the step up at United given the players at the club.

As Greenwood and Williams have shown, as long as they continue to impress, the club will ensure they get their just rewards. They will, however, have to be patient, something Gomes was not willing to do.

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It is under Solskjaer that we are finally revisiting the aspects that became the norm under Sir Alex Ferguson. Alongside bringing back exciting football, the club could once again become the lodestone for young talent coming through.