David de Gea has given his backing to Manchester United's young players, speaking to the club's official website.
The Spanish international is confident the youngsters will ride out the recent poor results and go on to become important players for the club.
United have lost two successive games to Wolfsburg and Swansea City, and a succession of injuries and lack of depth in key areas has seen manager Louis van Gaal call on under-21 stars to fill the gaps.
De Gea was asked specifically about Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela, who have all featured in recent weeks, and whether they can become stars for the club.
He responded: "Yes, I think we have a very young side and I think that the youngsters who are coming up through the youth ranks are fitting in really well.
"They are all good players and after all they represent the future of Manchester United and I reckon that gradually they will become the side of the future and we’re all delighted that they’re with us."
The experience should benefit United's youngsters, but the club will need to get back to winning ways to prevent it from becoming counter productive in terms of affecting their confidence.
One question that still remains, is whether De Gea will be part of United's long-term future too, even despite signing a new contract earlier this season.