Darren Fletcher, who currently plays for West Brom, is one of the former graduates of the Manchester United academy and knows it all about making it to the senior side.
With Louis van Gaal promoting several of the younger players to the senior side because of multiple injured players, Fletcher was keen to remind the youngsters that the path to the elite level of football is not easy.
He told the youngsters that they should not believe that they have already made it to the top level. There are still a lot to do before they are considered to be similar to players such as David Beckham and Paul Scholes. He encouraged them to keep working hard, to keep improving and to stay humble.
He believes that after you have won two or three Premier League titles that you can consider yourself as a great player. Fletcher has also revealed that there is more pressure in the bottom half of the table with teams fighting against relegation than with teams such as Manchester United fighting for the title.
Manchester United has a long history of promoting academy players to their first team, and this policy seems to continue whoever is the manager. Ryan Giggs was first to remind that to the new manager that might be coming in the future to replace Louis van Gaal.
Fletcher is arguably one of the best players to have come out of this academy ever since the class of 92 comprising of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and the Neville brothers.
Darren Fletcher went on to make 342 appearances for the Red Devils and scored 24 goals in the process. During his time at Old Trafford, he won the Premier League 4 times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup 2 times as well as one Champions League.