The next Paul Scholes?
Sir Alex Ferguson said he believes Manchester United's dramatic comeback victory yesterday at Wembley proves that he was right to put his faith on a young squad.
United staged a dramatic comeback in the second half to snatch a dramatic victory while being two down in the first. The second half squad of United had an player average age of just 22.
Being two goals down Ferguson sent in Phil Jones, Cleverley, and Jonny Evans in place of stars like Vidic, Ferdinand and Carrick. They joined fellow youngsters Welbeck,20, Smalling,21 and De Gea,20 for a classic second half comeback and showed that United's tradition of snatching late victories had been passed to the younger generation.
Ferguson said: " I always believe in my players. For us it just confirms what i thought about the squad. I am very confident of this group of players."
Here are my young player analysis:
Cleverley showed some glimpses of his talent with some great passes and running in the mid field that United dearly want.
Jones won every header in his battle with Dzeko. Looked very relaxed facing Dzeko.
Smalling produced a storming performance, powerful in defence and always looking to go forward and he was the one that brought life in the squad by scoring the first goal.
Welbeck showed that he could be a real asset for the team with his pace, movement and clever link-up play.
Evans showed a real determination and anticipation to read dangers.
De Gea made mistakes on both the goals conceded, first not coming off the line for the ball and the second despite being hit with pace and strength, should have done better.Still his clever use of ball must have impressed many.
With all the new guns not to forget Ashley Young faring well in their first major test, I would say future is bright for United. 19 seems to be just the beginning. What do you say?