‘Not scared’ - Harry Maguire praises brave decision from Erik ten Hag

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The Manchester United manager has committed to giving youth players a chance since his appointment.

Harry Maguire has praised Erik ten Hag’s bravery for blooding young players into the Manchester United team.

Under the Dutchman’s watch Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho have become regulars in the side, while in the recent win over Wigan Athletic 12 players who had come through the club’s youth system were named in the matchday squad.

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Speaking to United’s website, Maguire hailed Ten Hag’s commitment to a long-standing club tradition: “I think this club is always built on bringing players through the Academy, we have an excellent record,” he said.

“The academy has always done really well and brought great players through and I think this manager has always proven that if you do well, you come up and you train, you get the opportunities and you get given the chance to impress.

“And he's not scared of putting players in and giving them opportunities to play on the big stage. That’s when it matters in first-team football.”

Of all the youth products to emerge in recent years, Garnacho has become the most reliable asset, with the winger starting the last 16 in all competitions and has missed just two games all season. But Maguire thinks the attacker still has more to offer.

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“Obviously he's young still. He's still got a lot to learn, but he’s an excellent player and a great talent,” said the England international.

“He’s a player that I’m sure is going to have a bright future for this club, if he keeps his head down and keeps working hard. I think you've seen in glimpses this season that he's got exceptional talent. I'm sure he'll keep going and help the team in the future.”

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