Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his name at Manchester United in a team filled with young players – and it seems like he might have some talented kids to call on as manager too.
On Wednesday, United shared a photo of the day’s ‘winning team’ from the final day of their training camp in Dubai, with goalkeeper David de Gea the only player over the age of 23.
First team stars Marcus Rashford, 21, Scott McTominay, 22, Diogo Dalot, 19, and Andreas Pereira, 23, were also part of the victorious side, who were pictured celebrating after winning a mini tournament at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.
From left to right: James Garner, Angel Gomes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Tahith Chong, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay celebrate in Dubai
Gomes plays a pass under pressure from Jesse Lingard as Ashley Young watches on in training
Youngster Garner takes on Michael Carrick as Dalot keeps an eye on the ball on Wednesday
McTominay, who was part of the winning team in Wednesday’s session, takes a touch
MANCHESTER UNITED’S NEXT SIX FIXTURES
January 13 – Tottenham (A)
January 19 – Brighton (H)(
January 26/27 – Arsenal (A), FA Cup
January 29 – Burnley (H)
February 3 – Leicester (A)
February 9 – Fulham (A)
*All games are Premier League unless stated
But it was four of the other faces which will have been of most interest to United fans, and perhaps Solskjaer himself, as the club look to the future following a dismal period under former boss Jose Mourinho.
Academy products James Garner, 17, Angel Gomes, 18, Mason Greenwood, 17, and Tahith Chong, 19, were all part of the side who came out on top on Wednesday afternoon.
Solskjaer deemed the quartet worthy of the trip to the Middle East, despite them having just a handful of senior appearances between them.
Chong, who cannot be missed with his distinctive shaggy hair, came off the bench during Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading as United’s interim boss used the fixture to take a closer look at the talent United’s academy has been producing.
Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads his players in training during the final day in Dubai
Paul Pogba goes to challenge Juan Mata for the ball as United prepare to take on Tottenham
Pereira (L) will be looking for more minutes under Solskjaer in the second half of the season
De Gea steadies himself to make a save as Rashford unleashes a shot at goal on Wednesday
McTominay and Pereira started the third round tie, as did summer signing Dalot as the Red Devils cruised through to the fourth round where they will play Arsenal.
United’s kids will hope for more of an opportunity under Solskjaer, who knows all about the benefits of promoting youth after playing alongside Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous Class of ’92 – Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville.
Meanwhile, United coach Michael Carrick has been delighted with the opportunity for Solskjaer to work with his squad in Dubai over the last four days.
United jetted off immediately after their win over Reading on Saturday in a bid to properly prepare for this weekend’s huge trip to Tottenham in the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku (right) smiles as United’s players take part in a drill in the heat of Dubai
Pogba grabs a bottle of water to cool off as Solskjaer’s men get put through their paces
Lingard races towards the ball as youngster Gomes plays a pass to Garner on Wednesday
‘It’s fantastic. It allows us to train in a way where you probably can’t do it at home, at this moment, with it being so cold,’ said Carrick.
‘We can work on different things. When it’s freezing cold at home, you’ve got to keep on the move and you don’t want the lads standing around too much.
‘So here we’ll work hard, especially over the next few days, and prepare for Sunday, but it allows us to maybe spend a little bit more time on the training ground and go into a little bit more detail, which we need at this moment.
‘As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.
‘You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.’