?Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay believes that the club are about to turn a corner and start challenging for trophies once again thanks to their latest batch of academy players who are being introduced into the first team.
It’s a landmark weekend for United as they prepare for their 4,000th game in a row with an academy graduate named in the starting lineup, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side preparing to host a revitalised Everton at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s run of youth players being in the side stretches back to 1937, and McTominay is confident that their latest crop of youngsters could help to bring in a new era of winning titles in the north-west.
“This place is special. I’ve said it many times before and we’re coming back up,” McTominay said, quoted by The Daily Mail. “You have to have top class players, but then you also have to have top young players who are wanting to come in and learn as well. That’s the balance that not every club in the world can get.
“It’s not just playing academy players for the sake of it, it’s playing them because the manager believes in those players and believes he can win trophies playing us.
“Hopefully next season and in the seasons to come we can go on and win trophies as well. That’s got to be the dream. I need that thrill of winning trophies and especially at this football club – there’s nowhere better to do it.”
McTominay has been able to establish himself as a key first-team player since making his debut under José Mourinho, while the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and James Garner are now being bled into the senior side.
Speaking about United’s 4,000-game milestone, McTominay added: “It’s amazing. Whenever we were in the youth team, we always had different members of staff saying to us about the consecutive games we’ve had with a player from the academy.
“When you think you have 50 to 60 games a season, to get to 4,000 is incredible.”
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