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Man Utd academy chief Butt: You can see McTominay, Pereira improvements

Manchester United academy chief Nicky Butt says the improvement in the first team's young players is noticeable.

Butt has highlighted the progress of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira in midfield.

“There are certain levels," Butt told United Review. “Scott's now trying to develop his game into the player he was in the younger teams, when he scored goals, got into the box and dominated. He has embedded himself into the squad now and he's become one of the first names on the team sheet. He's done that bit, which is hard: settling in, not making too many mistakes, keeping it simple. Now the next step is getting back to being a box-to-box midfielder, getting goals, stopping goals at the other end.

“Andreas will now want to be playing like we all know he can – scoring goals, creating goals – and you've got the other ones who will be trying to get as many minutes as they can in the first team.

"Mason, Angel, Chongy, Brandon… they've got to try to influence the manager's thinking that they can do it week in, week out, because, at the moment, they're dipping their toes in with a few games. Andreas and Scott are cementing their place and will need to kick on.“

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