Man Utd coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that young players are the foundation for the team revival.
“You learn a lot more when you use young players,” he told Sky Sport. “You want them to come on and express themselves, so you have a platform to rise. I think that has been successful against Astana. I know that young players sometimes feel pressure, but they are able to. “Of course, we have to protect them, of course we have to protect them, find the right time to bring them on the pitch. And you have to give them instructions behind the scenes as well.”
Adult players from the Man Utd academy, such as Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes or Tahith Chong, were all featured in a 1-0 win over Astana in the Europa League on September 21. Marcus Rashford also started, but Greenwood was the one who left the mark when scoring the only goal of the match. The 17-year-old striker became the youngest player to score for Man Utd in the European arena. Therefore, coach Solskjaer promises to continue to give opportunities to young players in the domestic arena.
“Young players are almost ready to play in the Premier League,” he said. “That’s why they trained with us, and they practiced very well. You will see young players often in the Europa League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, or some part of the Premier League. If we play well in the Europa League, we will have a chance to win the championship. In the early stages of the group stage, we can take some risks, and give opportunities to young players. it’s time for them to show their ability, to see if they are ready to play in the Premier League. “
The 46-year-old military leader also stressed that because of not using many young players, Man Utd lowered the target. “Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe are young, we can develop many things. The foundation is being built from young players,” he said. “I want Man Utd to return to his position. Of course, the Premier League is different now, Man City and Liverpool last season played very well, and we are in the restart phase. Many players have gone and have. “We have a number of injured players, but it’s an opportunity for young players, and to see if I can make the best use of them.”