Former youth team product and current first teamer, Darren Fletcher, has today put his faith in the current bunch of young players we have coming through the ranks.

From watching them in training, he reckons they are a confident bunch and are more than capable of showing the manager why they should be picked for the first team.

“This club strives for young players to come through the ranks. It’s within the United ethos,” said Fletcher. “We have a great crop of young players and some of them featured a lot last season. They are looking very strong and are raring to go. Everyone, from the players to the coaches in the Academy and our scouts, feels very proud when a player makes it through the system and the United fans want to see that as well. When the supporters see a local lad coming through and doing well, it sometimes means a lot more than going out and spending £30-40m on someone. We train with them every day, so we know what they are capable of,” he added. “The difficult part is taking that onto the pitch, but a lot of them have already done that. It’s a big squad with a lot of quality, but these boys are a confident bunch. They want to play and they feel they deserve to be there. It’s up to them to go and prove it to the manager, to show that they are ready and that they are good enough. I definitely believe they are good enough because they wouldn’t be at United if they weren’t.”