Jose Mourinho named the youngest Manchester United side in Premier League history on Sunday, handing four players their first top-flight start the club.
The Portuguese decided to heavily rotate the team ahead of Wednesday night’s big showdown with Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final and it paid off as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace.
21 year old Josh Harrop scored on his debut having been given the responsibility of finding goals, netting in the 15th minute with a surging run and classy finish. Four minutes later Paul Pogba put United in cruise control with the second.
Supporters of every club love seeing young players make the breakthrough into the first team and the performance of Mourinho’s kids thrilled Man United fans around the world.
United of course have a long history of blooding youngsters in the first team and if Mourinho can start bringing academy talent into the first team, it’ll be a massive positive.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the performances of the young starlets…
— Mourinho Mob (@OldTrapford) May 22, 2017
#MUFC this Harrop youngster must feature against Ajax. Good energy right there .
— L (@lphatela) May 22, 2017
All the talk this week was about young Gomes,but Harrop just looked like he belonged on that stage. #mufc
— Sean Lawlor (@splawlor4) May 21, 2017
— Phil (@mcrPhil) May 21, 2017
— Rohit Vadher (@RohitV05) May 21, 2017
— Jim Vala ???????????? (@Jimvala1) May 21, 2017
Anyone who watches the U23s regularly should know Harrop's capable of a strike like that today, Spurs found out only last Monday #mufc
— Iain Thomson (@tommo689908) May 21, 2017