Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to ‘add one or two youngsters’ to Manchester United first-team squad from the academy next season after 18-year-olds Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird impressed him
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put huge stock in promoting talented youth prospects
- This season Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood have starred for first team
- Next term the manager is keen to add a couple more prospects to his squad
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to maintain the conveyor belt of young talent to the Manchester United first team and plans to add ‘one or two more’ from the academy next season.
Solskjaer has placed great importance in bringing through teenagers from the academy set-up to his senior squad and wants to continue the pathway.
Mason Greenwood, the 18-year-old striker, has been a revelation and Brandon Williams, 19, has also garnered valuable experience at left-back.
Mason Greenwood (left) has been superb since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought him in
Ethan Laird (right) is one of the latest academy starlets to be put in the first-team squad
The likes of Tahith Chong, James Garner and Angel Gomes have also enjoyed game time although the latter’s contract has run down.
Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird were in the squad to face Aston Villa with both 18-year-old’s the latest to be exposed to the first-team picture.
‘We just have to focus,’ Solskjaer said of United’s plans for next season. ‘I don’t think one second if any other team is worried about us, we have to worry about ourselves.
‘If we keep on improving and building an environment in the training ground and keep building on the culture, add one or two youngsters, maybe add players who can challenge those who we have got here.
Teden Mengi (right) jostles for position with Odion Ighalo during training with United
Brandon Williams is another to have gained first-team experience for United this season
‘Of course it’s exciting, but we can’t think that far. You don’t really have the time or focus.
‘You can’t think three months ahead now with players who are in and around the first-team.
‘Of course, there are youngsters who you know are going to go out on loan, that need exposure, game-time, but those who are in and around the first-team now, they only have one focus, and that’s Southampton, then it’s onto the next one. We need to finish the season strong.’
United have been on sensational form since the restart and will look to continue their push for Champions League football next season as they welcome Southampton on Monday night.
Solskjaer sees the academy as a key part of Manchester United’s growth going forward