Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to give academy players every chance to stake their claim for a first-team spot at Manchester United.
The caretaker boss gave 18-year-old Angel Gomes a run out in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day and says he will continue to blood youngsters during his spell in the hotseat.
United have a long history of bringing through top talent at Old Trafford, and Solksjaer is keen to continue the tradition.
“As Sir Matt [Busby] once said, if they’re old enough they’re good enough,” said the Norwegian, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
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“We’re built on that tradition, we need young players coming through. It’s important in the academy.
“I am looking to bring players through. We have two or three top talents in the Under 18s that are knocking on the door now.
“We’ve had a couple of injuries and fatigue has been involved but then they’re ready to step up. Neil Ryan (U18 coach) and Ricky Sbragia (U23 coach), they keep me filled in.”
Solskjaer has made the perfect start to his United reign.
After replacing Jose Mourinho on December 19, United have scored eight goals in two games, beating Cardiff and Huddersfield to close to within six points of the top four.
The mood around Old Trafford is far more optimistic than it was under Mourinho, who had a difficult relationship with a number of senior players, but Solskjaer is well aware it could quickly change if the positive performances and results do not continue.
“Whenever you win games, everyone’s happy so let’s keep that run going,” he said.
“We’ve got to focus on our performance against Bournemouth. These two games have been fantastic – my first game and first game at Old Trafford.
“That’s new so keep that momentum going against Bournemouth. When you lose a game you won’t see many smiles about.”
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United could be without three attacking players for the visit of Bournemouth on Sunday.
Anthony Martial missed the 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town with illness while Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were also absent from the Boxing Day victory.
They have all returned to training but this weekend may prove too soon for them to return.
“We’ve not had a lot of training since (the Huddersfield game). We had yesterday off so today’s the first day back,” Solskjaer said.
“Romelu, Anthony and Alexis they were light, light (training) yesterday so hopefully they can join part of the training today and let’s see after how they come through.”