At the moment, an academy product seems to be making their debut for Manchester United ever week. Jesse Lingard, who is holding down a place in the first team, has claimed he feels some responsibility for helping the youngsters come through, just as Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and Everton’s Tom Cleverley did for him.
I have to look after lads such as Marcus Rashford and Joe Riley, like Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley once looked out for me when I came through. It is always good to look after the kids, to help with their confidence – Marcus is the latest to come through. It is in our DNA to blood youngsters quite early. You don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve tried it. You have got to keep your feet on the ground and take your chance. I’ve done that, kept my place in the side, which is amazing. It has been a good run for me and, hopefully, I can keep it going, but I think the mindset is to stay humble, keep your feet on the ground and work hard on the training pitch.
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