The future is bright at Old Trafford, or so says Paul Scholes, who has been working with Manchester United's stars of tomorrow since his retirement.
Scholes has been cutting his teeth as a coach alongside Warren Joyce in United's reserve team and has been enthused by what he has seen both on the training pitch and in competitive action.
Sir Alex Ferguson has not been afraid to provide his young charges with an opportunity to prove their worth this season, and no fewer than six reserve team regulars were in Wednesday night's Carling Cup squad.
Things may not have gone to plan on the night for United, as Crystal Palace stunned the Barclays Premier League champions with a 2-1 victory.
However, the likes of Zeki Fryers, Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison were given the chance to further themselves by Ferguson.
And Scholes has been impressed by Fryers and Pogba in particular, while reserving special mention for Larnell Cole, who was on the bench against Palace.
"He is a big, strong player," Scholes told manutd.com of 18-year-old Pogba.
"His skill is brilliant, as are his physique and speed…he’s potentially a top-class player."
Defender Fryers, also 18, made his first-team debut against Leeds earlier this season, and has been tipped by Scholes to provide competition for Patrice Evra in the future.
Scholes added: "I think he’ll probably be a better centre-half than full-back at the minute, but he could maybe provide a bit of competition for Patrice Evra somewhere down the road."
And, it would appear, Scholes sees some of himself in 18-year-old midfielder Cole.
"He can play wide right, central midfield, he can probably play other positions, too," Scholes continued.
"He’s just someone who’s supremely confident on the ball, capable of scoring goals, making chances and he has a chance of being a good player for us, I think.
"He’s really impressed me."
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