Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed that youth will be given a chance at the club this season and hopes that they will continue to impress as they did in the victory over Manchester City on Sunday.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously brought in a young squad in the 1992 season, which included the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, and he now appears to be adopting a similar approach having splashed out on youngsters and given some of the club's academy prospect a chance in recent seasons.
The Scottish manager fielded a young side in the Community Shield win over Manchester City, with the average age of the team that finished the game just 23, with the likes of Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck impressing.
Smalling told The Manchester Evening News: "The manager said the young players will get a chance this season.
"At half-time in a big game like this you could see the young players step up. Hopefully that can carry on all season.
"I think we could go from strength to strength.
"Quite a few people feel like they have got a fresh start. They have been out on loan and are making a big step.
"The manager has given them a chance in pre-season. You can see these players are good enough and hopefully they will get more chances."
Smalling managed to get onto an Ashley Young cross to score and start the Manchester United comeback after they came into the dressing room two-nil down.
"We weren't too down at half-time," he said. "In the first half an hour we thought we played the better football but then City were a lot more clinical in taking their two goals.
"It was a bit of a sucker punch but we worked on moving the ball quick, getting on the turn and playing the forward ball.
"Luckily we took those chances when they came.
"It's been a while since I scored and, obviously, that was at Scunthorpe so this is a completely different arena.
"Just in terms of gambling, the manager said they played the zonal [defence].
"Ash has been whipping in some great balls all pre-season so it's down to us to get on the end of them."
Smalling has made a meteoric rise from non-league football with Maidstone United to winning the Premier League with Manchester United via Fulham in just two years.