Sir Alex Ferguson hails young players as the spirit of Manchester United

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It's over three years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager, but the Old Trafford faithful still hang on his every word.

Just as the pressure is piling on the club's under-performing stars, Ferguson has issued a timely reminder that United are all about developing youngsters into world-class talents. You can bet he's impressed with Marcus Rashford, then.

One thing - in fact possibly the only thing - Louis van Gaal deserves credit for is bringing through the likes of Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Under Jose Mourinho, that trend has been reversed somewhat, with United instead choosing to spend big on the likes of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and of course £89million man Paul Pogba.

However, Fergie has maybe tried to nudge the Special One in the right direction with his latest comments.

“When I first came to United Bobby wanted to replicate what happened in the Busby era of the young players coming through and winning five youth cups which was unbelievable," he said, as per the Mirror.

“The essence of Manchester United without doubt is to give young people an opportunity at this club.

“Bobby Charlton absolutely believed in that and that's what I tried to do. Looking back, it's amazing the results we had and people will recognise Manchester United in many ways and especially about who the best players were.

“But believe me, the young players will always be the spirit of Manchester United.”

Rashford shining 

Rashford has certainly done his chances of impressing Mourinho no harm with yet another goal in the midweek 3-1 win over Northampton.

Mourinho or no Mourinho, the continued presence of the ever-influential Sir Bobby Charlton at the club should make sure their starlets are still given a chance to shine.

United were the first side to defy the mantra that "you'll never win anything with kids", and the spirit of the famous Class of 92 still rings around the Theatre of Dreams.

Right now, as the pressure cranks up, Mourinho's really got nothing to lose, so he may well take heed of Ferguson's words as he aims to arrest the Red Devils' slump in the Premier league.

Should Mourinho be giving more young players a chance? Have your say in the comments. 

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