Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club's youth players are getting the chance to train with the first team squad on a regular basis.
Speaking in his press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, ahead of the Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie at Huddersfield Town, the boss was asked about whether players who are performing well for the Under-18s and Under-23s will get a chance to be promoted to the senior team.
“It depends what you mean by promotion,”Jose said.
“If by promotion you mean that they are training regularly with us, then they have been promoted for a long time.
“Scott McTominay didn’t arrive here from the moon. Before he came to the first team, he trained with us many times last season. He came with us in pre-season and then we realised that Andreas Pereira was leaving in the summer, we decided 'okay we are not going to sign another player, we have Scott McTominay ready to step up'.”
“Maybe I will have one of the kids on the bench,”the boss said.
“The objective of not having a squad that is too big is exactly to be open for this. For example, this week we didn't have a few players because of injuries and small things that I wanted to protect.All these kids, they trained with us. Not today (Friday) because they [the Under-23s] play today, but yesterday and before yesterday they trained with us.