Paul Scholes wants the Manchester United Under-18s to add to the club’s fine pedigree in the FA Youth Cup this season.
United face Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday in the third round of the competition won by the club on 10 occasions, most recently in 2011. Reds legend Scholes was a runner-up in 1993, part of a talented side that in David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt featured future stars who had lifted the trophy a year earlier.
Now assisting Butt with coaching the U19s, Scholes wants the current crop of youngsters to embrace the importance of the Youth Cup to the club. "It’s a great tournament, it’s the best one for Under-18s to try to win," Scholes told MUTV. "Burnley will be a tough game, I’m sure they will be going all out to tackle us and make it difficult, but I’m hoping we have the players to win that game."
The Under-19s bowed out of the UEFA Youth League with a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this week, but Scholes wants the players who competed in that tournament to learn from the experience should they feature for Paul McGuinness' side in the Youth Cup.
"When you bring players into tournaments like this, it’s all about their development and you want them to learn from every game," Scholes added. "I think they will have learned a lot from these six games, there have been some fantastic second-half performances that probably were enough to take us through. But if you make too many mistakes, like we did, it goes against you. I’m sure the lads have learned a lot from it and that they will take that into the Youth Cup."
Don't forget you can see United's FA Youth Cup tie against Burnley live on MUTV on Monday. Our coverage starts at 18:30 GMT, with kick-off at 19:00.