Having won the FA Youth Cup this May, Manchester United’s latest batch of youngster are rightly stirring up a bit of excitement in football circles.
In the third round of the League Cup we saw Paul Pogba and Larnell Cole make their first team debuts and after Sir Alex singled out Pogba, along with Will Keane and Ryan Tunnicliffe, for praise and Paul Scholes has echoed this with his most recent comments.
“Three excellent players who you’d hope will get a chance in the first team.
“Tunnicliffe’s gone down to Peterborough [on loan] and has done OK down there. Pogba has got amazing talent. He’s such a big lad for his age. The physique he’s got is unbelievable.
“I think Will Keane has the capability to be a top-class centre-forward. He’s one of the lads I’ve been working with. He was always someone I liked when I was watching the youth teams. He’s just got a presence about him, he’s a strong lad and has great feet – the ability to strike a ball. The kind of things [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy had. The first time I saw him I thought ‘Jesus Christ’ because he was smashing balls in from anywhere. Keane has the potential to do that.
“Any others? Larnell Cole. He looks a great prospect. He’s very small but he’s a very clever footballer. He’s similar to Shaun Wright-Phillips but a player who can play inside a bit better than Shaun. Shaun’s an out and out wide man but Larnell can play in a three in midfield.”
Scholes has been getting a first hand look at the likes of Pogba, Cole and Keane whilst he helps Warren Joyce look after the reserves so the fact he has spoken so highly of these four will further build the anticipation around them.