Manchester United's spirited performance against Arsenal on Sunday could signal a new dawn for the Red Devils in the Premier League.
The Gunners were, player for player, far stronger on paper and whilst their quality showed in the first ten minutes, United's youngsters showed a kind of spirit and commitment that fans haven't seen for a long time. It was a fabulous performance.
It was just two weeks ago that Louis van Gaal was bemoaning the fact he would have to find 'some teenager' to fill in at right-back or left-back, such was the growing list of injuries his side were suffering.
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And yet, despite the Dutchman's fears, the introduction of an array of youngsters has hugely bolstered team spirit at the Theatre of Dreams.
No one could have predicted United's young guns making such a positive impact, with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jesse Lingard, Guillermo Varela and especially Marcus Rashford all playing their part in the club's recent upturn in form.
The big question to come from the United's performance, therefore, is: have they finally realised that youth is the way forward?
A combination of experience is vital, of course, and the Red Devils must focus on signing a new centre-back and successor to veteran Michael Carrick, but investing in their youth system and ensuring they continue producing and playing their up-and-coming stars is arguably just as important.
Only time will tell the direction they decide to take, but if United's performance against Arsenal is anything to go by, their money is best spent internally rather than largely wasted on overpriced players in an inflated transfer market.
The multi-billion TV rights deal set to come into play next season will only make transfer fees sky rocket, emphasising the point the 20-time league champions must resist the urge to splash the cash on a host of new players and instead seek to develop their current crop of talented youngsters.
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