United have new 'Van Nistelrooy' in reserve

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is excited by the club's young players, insisting several of the starts have what it takes to make a name for themselves at Old Trafford.

During last month's Carling Cup tie with Leeds United, United blooded several young faces, including Paul Pogba and Larnell Cole.

And Scholes, who has been working to help these young faces develop, says Kean in particular reminds him of a former United striker.

"I think Will Keane has the capability to be a top-class centre-forward," he said. "He's one of the lads I've been working with. He was always someone I liked when I was watching the youth teams.


"He's just got a presence about him, he's a strong lad and has great feet - the ability to strike a ball. The kind of things [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy had.

"Any others? Larnell Cole. He looks a great prospect. He's very small but he's a very clever footballer. He's similar to Shaun Wright-Phillips but a player who can play inside a bit better than Shaun. Shaun's an out and out wide man but Larnell can play in a three in midfield."

Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals for United during his five-year spell at the club, with Scholes therefore giving Keane a big billing to following in the foot steps of a club favourite.

United's next opportunity to display their fruitful youth system will be in the next round of the Carling Cup against League Two side Aldershot Town.

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