Louis van Gaal has received much-needed praise from the Old Trafford hierarchy over his commitment to blooding the club’s youngsters.
The Manchester United boss has continued to be the subject of speculation that he will be replaced at the end of the season, with Jose Mourinho’s name at the top of the list.
The Dutchman, however, has impressed the United board by recently introducing the likes of young striker Marcus Rashford, who has scored five goals in eight games since receiving the unexpected call.
Van Gaal has been forced to trust both his own judgement and his staff as injuries have bitten deeply into his established first-team ranks.
And it could well still be a factor, when the 64-year-old’s future is up for discussion at the end of the campaign.
Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, said: “I’m really excited about the young players.
“I think the thing that’s come through this year is you see the success of our academy system and the way it has worked and you see the young players coming through.
He added: “There’s a whole army of people in tears, seeing a player score for the first time and that’s an important part of what we are and we’re all set for the future.”