David de Gea impressed by Manchester United’s latest crop of young players

by Ben Topliss

David de Gea believes the latest crop of Manchester United youngsters have a bright future ahead of them.

The likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Nick Powell have made the step up to first-team affairs over the course of the campaign.

Although this has largely been down to an injury crisis and Louis van Gaal’s small squad at Man United, De Gea insisted their inclusion is good for the team.

“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,” De Gea said.

“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.”

While it has been good to see a number of young players rise through the academy and feature in United’s first-team, it is worrying to see how reliant the team has been on them.

A club of United’s stature should be able to pick and choose their moments in terms of blooding youngsters rather than throwing them in at the deep end in key games, such as the one against Wolfsburg earlier this term. Still, the experience should stand the youngsters in good stead as they look to solidify their place in the squad.

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