Gary Neville gave Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal some deserved credit for their role in promoting home-grown talent at Manchester United.
Neville himself came through the youth ranks at United and was a member of the famous Class of 92 team that consisted of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
And now a new crop of young stars have come through in recent years, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay taking centre stage.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old midfielder in Mason Greenwood has emerged in recent weeks. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even singled him out for praise despite losing to Cardiff City in their final game of the season.
This has left Neville feeling upbeat over the direction United have taken in giving their young players a chance instead of forking out millions on some big names.
But the former full-back acknowledges that Solskjaer’s predecessors, Mourinho and Van Gaal, deserve credit for successfully bringing in these youngsters into the fold.
“It’s critical for United that we continue to do this,” Neville told the club’s website.
“One of the great things over the last few years, which have been difficult years at the club, is you still see a lot of home-grown representation out on the pitch.
“When I was in Paris [for the Champions League win over PSG], you think about Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira – players like that.
“Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard obviously weren’t playing that day but Marcus Rashford did.
“All these players have played this season and it is brilliant to see, particularly with the results that have been happening.
“Credit still goes to Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal as well, as they gave some of these players opportunities.
“Even in difficult times, the club continues to try to give opportunities to young players and promote players from the Academy. That isn’t always the case at other clubs.”