Michael Carrick has hinted that more chances are set to come for Manchester United’s talented youngsters after debuts this season for a number of academy graduates.
19-year-old left-back Brandon Williams has made a name for himself with a string of impressive performances in the Premier League and UEFA Europa League. Mason Greenwood and James Garner have also earned the plaudits.
Garner has actually been compared to Carrick, now first-team coach under United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Carrick tells UWS: Reds will win trophies ‘soon’
In an interview with fanzine United We Stand, Carrick insisted that the coaching staff are “determined to win things again.”
“I’m sure we will soon. You can’t do it all the time but it’s about putting things in process and doing the right things.
“You can’t have a full team of kids but you want to give them a chance. We’ve got some really talented young lads.”
Williams has certainly made the most impact this season after his debut came in the League Cup against Rochdale in September. He’s staked a claim to be United’s first-choice left-back even when Luke Shaw returns from injury in the coming weeks.
Bringing youngsters through is ‘special’, says Carrick
Carrick was asked about his role in helping young midfielders like Garner, but also Dylan Levitt, Ethan Galbraith and Angel Gomes.
“When you give them a chance and they take it, it’s pretty special,” the ex-England man said.
“You try to help them as best as you can. There will be more getting their chances in the months to come and we want to keep that rolling on.”
The former-United captain was keen to stress the club’s faith in youth as a key ‘principle’. He told the United We Stand podcast that “we’ll stick by [our principles] and surely it’ll come good.”
There is a constant flush of positivity from Solskjaer and Ed Woodward. It can be frustrating given on-pitch failures but it’s refreshing to hear Carrick’s satisfaction in bringing youngsters through. As a recently-retired midfielder, his role in shaping the futures of Garner, Gomes and the others is crucial.
The young players shining this season has been a rare positive and that more are to follow is even better.
Right-back Ethan Laird is one of the most likely to come into the side for his debut. Others who could appear this season are Dylan Levitt, a long-time friend and midfield partner of Garner, and Largie Ramazani, an effective Belgian winger.
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