Bruno Fernandes has welcomed Ole Gunanr Solskjaer’s decision to promote two of Manchester United’s most promising young players to first team training.
The United boss confirmed on Friday that Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire would train alongside their senior counterparts in the coming weeks to help accelerate their development.
Shoretire committed his future to the Premier League giants earlier this week, snubbing interest from the likes of Barcelona and signing a new long-term contract.
The 17-year-old celebrated that decision by scoring a penalty in Friday night’s 3-0 win over Arsenal’s Under-23s in a game which also featured Mejbri who joined United from Monaco 18 months ago for an initial fee of £4.3million.
Fernandes insists it is important for the pair to ‘keep a clean head’ but believes their integration into the first team fold will also help reinvigorate some of the first team regulars.
He said: ‘I think it’s always good for the club when we have young lads coming from the Academy, because it’s a sign that the work being done in the youth [ranks] is working,” Bruno told us.
‘Of course it’s still a long way [to go]… I remember when I was young and training with the first team, it’s the first step. Now is the time to be humble, keep training well and keep doing the right things when they go back to the U18s and U23s, and you have to try to make the difference over there.
‘They have to keep their heads clean. It’s easy to come in to the first team and your head goes a little bit, and it’s also hard when you have to go back and train and play with the other teams again.
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‘I was in that position some years ago and I know it’s hard, but if you work and are humble and you understand that every time you play is a chance, no matter where you are playing, every time is a chance to show you are ready or that you want to make that next step.
‘For us as a team, it’s important that when they come [to train with us] that they come to help us and learn from everyone and also give the qualities they have to the team. Because if they come to the first team it’s because they have something good and that is something that can help us.’
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