Erik ten Hag reveals what Manchester United youngsters must do to break into the first-team

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has revealed what the youngsters at the club must do to break into the first team.

A number of Academy graduates were named in the 31-man squad that flew from Manchester to Bangkok on Friday, hoping for an opportunity to stake their claim during the club’s pre-season tour.

Among those on the flight were Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal and Alejandro Garnacho, plus promising talents who have returned from loan such as Nathan Bishop, Matej Kovar, Ethan Laird, James Garner, Facundo Pellistri and Amad.

“What I want to see is that they learn but also they show themselves because they have to deserve a position in top football,” Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag told MUTV.

“You have to deserve your position. It means you have to deliver every day, that demands a certain style, a certain way of life that they have to adapt to, that they probably don’t know yet.”

“But I am really looking forward to seeing if they can do it,” he admitted.

“I hope one or two, they can prove themselves and they come into the squad but, if they want to enter the dressing room, they have to deserve it.”