Having bossed the Red Devils through five pre-season fixtures in July, Moyes sees a highly-talented trinity emerging…
Long-famed for being a conveyor belt of young footballing talent, Manchester United may once again be on the cusp of producing another generation of exciting prodigies. Recently-installed United manager David Moyes, who officially took charge of the club on July 1, has had the benefit of almost one month to assess the Premier League champions' playing roster and has taken note of three 'young lads' due to their stellar pre-season.
From the 1980s fledglings such as Lee Sharpe, to the 1990s babes like Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, and all the way through to current stars Gerard Pique - now of Barcelona - and burgeoning England international Danny Welbeck, exciting youth players were a staple of Manchester United mainstay Sir Alex Ferguson's 26-year regime at Old Trafford.
Like Ferguson, Moyes has never shied away from giving youth a chance in the senior team as it was he who offered an Everton debut to a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney. It is likely, therefore, that if a player is capable of stepping up into the United first-team, Moyes will have no issues promoting him. It is just a matter of when, and who.
Moyes may have already found three
'A couple of the young lads, Adnan [Januzaj] and Jesse Lingard, who I didn't know as much about, did well and Wilfried Zaha, who has just joined, he has shown what he is capable of in the games he has played,' said Moyes to the media on Monday.
Exquisite dribbler Januzaj, a playmaker of Belgian descent, is regarded to be one of the jewels in the United youth ranks. Lingard has enjoyed a break-out pre-season, finding the net with ease against A-League All Stars (twice), Yokohama F.Marinos and Kitchee, while Zaha has seamlessly adapted from Crystal Palace to United.
'I have had a chance to get to know the players and try to settle into my new environment and for the players to get to know me as well. They have been working with a great manager for a long time a lot of them, so it is going to take time. But I have really enjoyed working with them.
'They have been incredibly professional. I can see why they are champions because of the way they conduct themselves and go about their business. I have been very impressed,' concluded the Scotsman.
Elsewhere, stunning goal-scorer Nick Powell will no doubt soon join the aforementioned trio as one of United's stand-out youngsters.
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