Manchester United legend: Youngsters set for stardom

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Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes youngsters Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane could play a key part in the first-team during the 2013/14 season. 

The United legend has seen the duo on a number of occasions after the pair spent time on-loan at Leicester City.

The Great Dane has close connections with Leicester as his son, Kasper, is the club's 'keeper and Schmeichel believes that both Lingard and Keane have the qualities to succeed at Old Trafford. 

The duo have both impressed throughout United's pre-season tour, looking settled in the first-team squad.

And now Schmeichel has challenged the pair to make a breakthrough into the side under David Moyes. 

Schmeichel told Manchester United's official website: "David Moyes will be pleased in the way that some players have grasped their opportunity.

"I’m thinking about Jesse Lingard who is coming home from the tour as top goalscorer. 

"He had a very brief stay at Leicester and it didn’t really come off for him but he played for the Reserves again and was the best player in the Reserves squad. Maybe - just maybe - this is his opportunity and this is his year. It’s very interesting and, again, something for David to make a decision about. 

"I feel this game against AIK is the last opportunity where he can really have a feel about the team and try out one or two combinations so it’s a big game for David and a big game for the players.

"Michael Keane had a really good season with Leicester and was very successful with them, Jesse less so, but they can work towards the same goal, having that experience makes players think about the future and which role they can have. 

"No doubt about it - Michael is a very, very talented young man and Nemanja Vidic not travelling gave him an opportunity but I think, when the whole squad comes together in Stockholm, David will be spoiled for choice and he’s got to find the right combination."

United begin their campaign in the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic on August 11 and the youngsters will be hoping to play a part in the Wembley showdown, before eyeing a place in the squad for David Moyes' first Premier League game against Swansea City on August 17.

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