Nicky Butt reveals what the next step is for Scott McTominay and other Manchester United academy graduates including Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong

15 Nov

Manchester United’s head of first team development Nicky Butt has revealed what the club’s homegrown talents need to do to reach the next step.

A number of academy players have been getting their chance in the first team this season while players like Scott McTominay have nailed down a starting spot.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded the club’s youngest line-up in the Premier League for more than two years in their 3-1 win over Brighton last weekend.

Nicky Butt is Manchester United’s head of first team development
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Butt revealed what McTominay and Andreas Pereira need to do to take their game to the next level.

He told United Review, the club’s programme: “Scott’s now trying to develop his game into the player he was in the younger teams, when he scored goals, got into the box and dominated.

“He has embedded himself into the squad now and he’s become one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s done that bit, which is hard: settling in, not making too many mistakes, keeping it simple.

Scott McTominay has established himself as a first team regular at Man United
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“Now the next step is getting back to being a box-to-box midfielder, getting goals, stopping goals at the other end.

“Andreas will now want to be playing like we all know he can – scoring goals, creating goals – and you’ve got the other ones who will be trying to get as many minutes as they can in the first team.”

Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Brandon Williams and James Garner have all been given a small taste of first team football this season.

Butt added: “Mason, Angel, Chongy, Brandon… they’ve got to try to influence the manager’s thinking that they can do it week in, week out, because at the moment, they’re dipping their toes in with a few games.

“Jimmy Garner is a good player. He’s very mature for his age, so he can handle all the hype and all that comes with playing in the first team. He’s scored some good goals in the Under-23s and the EFL Trophy, so he’s developing that bit.

“He’s just got to be patient because he’s a very good player who will hopefully have a long career at Manchester United. There’s no rush with him. He’s still growing, still got to build himself up in the gym and naturally grow.

“All in all, we’re happy with the academy players coming through to the first team.”

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