Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has pointed to the current Real Madrid squad as an indication of how many youth players he introduces to the senior team.
The Portuguese has come under criticism throughout his career for not being trusting enough to start younger players in his sides.
However, he believes United fans will be thanking him in years to come after he handed academy starlets such as Scott McTominay, Dimitri Mitchell and Andreas Pereira game time this pre-season.
“The reputation is the reputation,” said Mourinho.
“But the other day I found myself in the tunnel before the Real Madrid game and in the first half more than half of the Real team were guys who started with me and had debuts with me.
“So probably in a few years Man United will also have half a dozen of these kids. I think Scott (McTominay) and Dimitri (Mitchell) are also kids to have a future in the club and Andreas Pereira is back. So when the kids are good and have potential, there is no problem.”