Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has expressed his confidence that the likes of Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood will make giant strides next season, and believes that the club will do everything they can do to ensure they don’t burn out.


The duo have made breakthroughs into the first team last season, and are looking to follow the example of Scott McTominay in establishing themselves in the first team. Other players such as James Garner and Angel Gomes are also angling for a chance to prove themselves.


Smalling, who has been at United for nearly a decade, is excited by the talent that is coming through from the academy and insists manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to manage their careers.



He told United’s official website: “It's very much an exciting time for them and you want to see them flourish and help them. I’m sure a good number will come on tour and it’s really a time for them to bond with us, and show the manager what they are all about. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] will definitely give some of them a chance as they’ve been training with us for a long time.


"They can be involved in the squad but then go back to the reserves and it’s about that evolution. Having a manager like Ole, who is experienced within the club, means United hit the nail on the head with that. Quite often, there can be a clamour from us as fans as well as players, to say 'this kid is great, let’s just throw him in' and everyone is clamouring to do that. But the manager knows the right time to bring them in and take them out.”


It remains to be seen how many of youngsters can make it to the first team and remain there, especially considering there are quite a few players who are set to leave the club before the new season begins.