United youth hopes to be next James Wilson or Adnan Januzaj

Manchester United Old Trafford

James Weir wants to follow in the footsteps of other Manchester United academy products.

The rise of Adnan Januzaj, Tom Lawrence and James Wilson, all of whom graduated from the Manchester United youth team and into the senior squad last season, is serving as an inspiration for other aspiring Red Devil wonderkids, like 18-year-old midfielder James Weir, who hopes it represents a sign of things to come.

Januzaj enjoyed a break-out season last term, James Wilson struck twice on his first Premier League start and Tom Lawrence - significantly - made way for Ryan Giggs in what could be construed as a passing of the torch at Old Trafford, as the Theatre of Dreams ushers in a new, youth-focused era.

That theory is only underlined further by the installment of Louis van Gaal as club manager, as the Dutchman, currently on World Cup duty with the Netherlands national team in Brazil, has a proven history of nurturing young talents. He is, after all, seen as the responsible party for the development of players as varied as Marc Overmars, Edwin van der Sar and Thomas Muller.

Weir told the club's official website: "[Januzaj, Lawrence and Wilson] have had a chance and done amazingly well – Adnan’s really taken his opportunity.

"I just hope there is more to come," he stressed, perhaps hoping he is one of the next wave of youngsters to be given their shot to impress during pre-season and cup competition next season.

"It’s good to see British lads getting a go like Willo and Tom, and hopefully there will be a few more of us. I’ve been here since I was 13 and there is no better Academy anywhere in the world to come through. They wait until the time is right and it’s a top club.

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