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19/08/2011 10:30

Papers: Eric backs youth

Peter Spencer writes in the M.E.N...

Class of ’11 in the same league
Eric Harrison, the architect of the greatest talent production line in world football, has today given a glowing verdict on Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. The coach, who made his name helping the Reds’ Class of ‘92 that included David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes achieve greatness, believes both Welbeck and Cleverley will follow in their footsteps to the big time. He said: “Regarding Welbeck, I’m highly impressed. Steve Bruce has done an excellent job with him at Sunderland. The boy seems to have picked up more speed and holds the ball up well. Regarding Tom Cleverley, I’ve been saying to any United supporter who wants to listen for three or four years that this lad is really, really good, very special just like Welbeck, no question about it. If he had been in that Class of ‘92 he’d have come through just like those lads did.

In the Mirror, Phil Jones says he and Chris Smalling can provide the answer to Sir Alex’s current injury crisis. United’s new recruit believes the growing partnership between his United and England U21 international colleague is capable of filling in for the injured Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. He said: "We've done really well together with England and kept quite a few clean sheets. We communicate well and read each other’s game, which is a good thing to have in a partnership at the back."

Elsewhere, Ferdinand features in today’s edition of the Daily Star, explaining why losing games for United makes him feel "embarrassed" to leave the house.

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