Manchester United teenager backed for first-team

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Manchester United icon Paul Scholes believes teenager Saidy Janko is ready for a place in David Moyes’ first team squad having been impressed by the full-back during his time working in the club’s youth ranks.

Janko joined the club from FC Zurich last summer and has taken little time to establish himself, featuring prominently for the club’s under-19 and under-21 sides, and Scholes senses a senior appearance might not be too far away.

"Saidy has been fantastic since he came in and looks a bright prospect for the future," Scholes told Inside United. "Hopefully he's on his way to the first team."

Right-back might not be the area that David Moyes needs to blood young talent, but Janko’s versatility in wide areas may be the key to him moving up from the reserve sides into the first-team.

Signed on deadline day, and somewhat overshadowed by the acquisition of Marouane Fellaini, the 18-year-old was offered a trial by Manchester United after impressing wit his ability to operate in any position on the right.

"We saw him a couple of times out there and he played right-back, right-wing and also in a right-sided midfield role," explained under-21s manager Warren Joyce.

An FA Cup outing this weekend would have been an ideal opportunity for Moyes to provide Janko with some first-team experience, but Manchester United are instead enjoying some warm weather training in Dubai having been knocked out in the third round of the competition.

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