Manchester United manager David Moyes has expressed his delight with the way several of the Red Devils' youngsters are currently performing at their respective loan clubs.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic), Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) and Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) have all been performing well and scoring goals of late - and this has not gone unnoticed by Moyes.
"It tells you about the back-up players we've got in the squad that we can allow these players to go on loan," the Scot told MUTV. "And they are doing well at their respective clubs.
"We have got a really good squad of players and there is a lot of competition for places.
"I'm delighted to see Nick, Jesse and Federico getting goals. It shows they are doing well, especially the young ones, as we're trying to give them games and get them more practice so they are ready for the real big league when their time comes."
As well as the aforementioned trio, United's 19-year-old Chile international Angelo Henriquez has also been making waves at Real Zaragoza, scoring four goals in his first five appearances for the Spanish second division outfit.
Moyes' comments suggest that he still regards Macheda as an option for the future, despite the Italian's agent claiming in August that this will be his client's final season at Old Trafford.
Macheda is currently back at Manchester United after his one-month deal at Doncaster Rovers was cut short because of a hamstring injury.
Powell, meanwhile, has earned rave reviews from Wigan manager Owen Coyle - and Lingaard has scored five goals in his first four appearances for Birmingham, four of which came on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday.