Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer have hinted he may employ youngsters ahead of fourth-round tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Already, Brandon Williams and James Garner will feature in the first team after their impressive performance in Man Utd’s 3-1 victory over Norwich City.
“For just 10, 15 minutes tonight Jimmy played as well,” the Red Devils boss told reporters after the game.
“I thought he was excellent, because he’s calmed us down when we wanted to see the game out.
“So we’ve not made a decision on who is going to play at Chelsea but you’ll probably see the two of them Garner and Williams.”
Paul Pogba obviously will not feature in the Thursday match as he is still recovering from his ankle injury. But Solskjaer have already hinted Fred and Andreas Pereira will fill his place.
“Fred will probably take Paul’s position for a while now and he’s been brilliant for us, but Andreas has grown the last few games,” Solskjaer said.
“His energy and running, chasing – he’s a different sort of no.10, he can play also in the central positions.
“So I’m delighted for Andreas – great professional, great attitude. He does his job to the best of his abilities.”
Other Academy players Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes also have their chances.
Other youthful players like Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Axel Tuanzebe who have been sidelined will likely be called up to face Chelsea who already have very impressive youthful squad.
“We know it’s been tough and we know that we’ve asked a lot of them because Paul, Luke, Anthony – there’s loads of other players that have been injured,“ added the boss.
“For us, the youngsters have stepped up in a difficult period. But in the end, they’ll be stronger for it.”