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Mourinho was impressed with what he saw.

Jose Mourinho hails Manchester United youngster after Wigan victory

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There's a feel-good feeling around Manchester United right now after their first pre-season win against Wigan yesterday.

Jose Mourinho's first game in charge of the Red Devils went perfectly to plan as goals from Will Keane and Andreas Peirera helped secure a 2-0 win,

Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan impressed on his debut, and there was even an assist for Juan Mata, whose future at Old Trafford has been the subject of intense scrutiny of late. 

Despite all those positives however, there was one player who seriously impressed the Special One, despite the fact he only featured for 10 minutes; Axel Tuanzebe.

The talented youngster has been tipped for the top by those in the know at Old Trafford and now Mourinho has jumped on the bandwagon despite only seeing him for a short amount of time.

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"You can play 90 minutes or 1 minute. Sometimes 1 minute is enough," Mourinho said of the 18-year-old.

"With Axel, ten minutes is enough! The potential is there, you see it immediately.

"You know him better than me because you know him for a few years but if anyone sees him for the first time, ten minutes is enough to see the potential."

There was plenty of concern before Mourinho's appointment at Manchester United that he wouldn't prioritise youth development, and although a host of senior players were missing in the aftermath of Euro 2016 and the Copa America, the former Chelsea boss looks set to use pre-season in order to take a closer look at those trying to break through.

Peirera was one of those to make an impression on Mourinho, who said: "Andreas has an amazing talent, he has incredible vision and incredible technique.

"I've just spoke about two but the reality is that the kids without pressure in the calm environment - in a cool situation for them rather than the fire - was very good for them and very good for me to see what they can do."

Next up for the Red Devils is a showdown against Borussia Dortmund as they begin their pre-season tour of China, before they take on local rivals Manchester City in the Far East.

Which Manchester United youngster is best suited to breaking through into the first team this season?

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