Paul Scholes has revealed his admiration for Ryan Tunnicliffe as the debate as to who could fill his shoes in midfield continues.
The Reds continue to be linked with moves in the transfer market, with Wesley Sneijder regularly rumoured to be a top target, but Scholes shares the opinion of Sir Alex that his eventual successor may already be at the club.
Of course, there is never going to be a direct replacement for the outstanding playmaker, but the talent coming through the ranks at Old Trafford means there is no panic when it comes to planning for the future.
"Yes, Sneijder's brilliant," Scholes told MUTV. "He's been brilliant for the last year or so with Inter Milan and Holland. I don't think it probably worked out as well as he would have liked at Real Madrid but he's a top player. I'm sure there's a lot of clubs who will be after him if he is available.
"But we've got a lot of young talent as well, people like Tom Cleverley coming back from Wigan, Paul Pogba's another good player and another good midfielder in the youth team set-up."
However, Tunnicliffe, whose energy and drive has already earned plenty admirers at United, is another youngster who caught Scholes' eye before being loaned out to Peterborough - at least until January.
"It's very difficult to single people out because there were that many in that youth team that were brilliant last year," admitted the former England international. "Ryan Tunnicliffe was sensational in midfield every time I saw him.
"He has such a physique and presence about him and hunger and desire, which is what you need to go with quality as well.
"I know he has gone out on loan now and probably won't be available for us [straight away]. Ravel Morrison, Will Keane – there are a lot of players, which is healthy for us really. You know how much the manager likes his homegrown talent, his youth players coming through. Looking at the youth team,