Jose Mourinho believes he has found the next Marcus Rashford at Manchester United – in Scott McTominay.
McTominay has been drafted into United’s first team this summer after impressing at youth level.
He was named our early winner on his Champions League debut, but is yet to feature in the Premier League this season.
United have had an academy player in their matchday squad for every game since October 1937, and McTominay is the latest in a long line to keep that record intact.
“I don’t want to be the one that breaks that and I think the next United manager – it doesn’t matter when he comes – should also try not to break it,” Mourinho told the Daily Mirror of that run.
“It is more difficult now than it was before, but I think it is good. I feel it like a way to keep a certain identity of the club. To keep that identity means, basically, we should bring a new player from the academy every season.
“You can bring someone to play 10 minutes, then the player disappears and then you can say, ‘Oh, 40 players have their debut with me’. But none of them are important.
“I think what is happening with (Jesse) Lingard and (Marcus) Rashford is now happening with Scott McTominay… because he is not going to leave the club any more.
“To follow a certain pathway is important. I am doing it with McTominay. Mr Van Gaal had the start of Rashford, I am having it with Scott McTominay and, next year, there should be another.”