Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his youngsters that they will get their first-team chances if they earn it, according to Axel Tuanzebe.
Five academy graduates in the name of Marcus Rashford, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, and Axel Tuanzebe started in the 1-0 win over FC Astana in the UEFA Europa League. Greenwood notched the match-winner in the second half as he became the youngest ever scorer for United in European competitions.
Speaking to MUTV, Tuanzebe revealed what Solskjaer said to United youngsters before the game, "It’s amazing [starting five academy players], it’s what the club’s about. It’s our identity. We want to bring young players through, confidently, and the manager has faith in his young talent which is important in the training ground saying ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.'
"We see him doing it day in, day out so we have confidence in him, the manager has confidence in him. It’s good for him to portray his talent and good for him to help the team win."