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Paul Scholes identifies what has changed at Manchester United this season

Paul Scholes believes there is excitement surrounding Manchester United once more following several years of relative underachievement by the club.

United have won three trophies over the last six seasons but haven’t challenged for the Premier League or the Champions League over that period of time.

But after United began the new season with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, a game in which Solskjaer fielded the youngest starting XI of any of the 20 Premier League clubs on the opening weekend, Scholes says things are looking up again at his former club.

“The right manager is there now, who understands that [giving young players opportunities] has to be a big part of the club,” Scholes told Sky Sports.

“It was big as we were coming through, we had a manager who believed in us, who wanted to give young players a chance and to do that he got rid of big players. He wanted to give us that opportunity and we took it.

 

“These young players now will get the opportunity under Ole, it’s up to them whether they take it. We saw on Sunday they look like they will. With a bit of luck there’ll be more young players coming through.”

United’s under-23s have won their opening two games of the 2019-20 season under new manager Neil Wood, scoring seven goals and conceding none in the process, and Scholes reckons that bodes well for the future given the reserves had generally underperformed under former boss Ricky Sbragia.

“The U23s have started doing really well too, that’s not really happened for the last couple of years,” Scholes added. “You watch them and are impressed, there are players coming through now who look ready for the first team and we know with Ole there they’ll get a chance.”

 

Scholes added: “It was exciting watching Marcus (Rashford) knowing there’s still a lot more to come from him. You’ve seen home-grown players like Jesse Lingard as well, and these players are exciting to watch.

“McTominay’s looking good, he had a really good pre-season, and other people like Chong and Gomes are coming through the club too. Looking at the U23s and youth team now, you’re excited like you haven’t been the last couple of years.”

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