Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United are experiencing a “difficult transition” as they seek to remain loyal to the club’s “DNA” of bringing through academy graduates and home-grown stars.
That approach saw the Red Devils dip into the transfer market over the summer for Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Solskjaer concedes that the project he has been charged with overseeing has not run as smoothly as hoped, with United still struggling for consistency, but the Red Devils are working long-term.
He told Sky Sports: “That’s what it’s about here.
“You want to win, of course you want to win. You want to win trophies, you want to win in a certain style, but you also want to do it with young kids.
“That’s just the remit of the job. From the club, that’s the DNA we have, we do give young players a chance.
“You can’t really know about them until you throw them into deep water and see if they can swim. Those boys, so far they have done really well.
“We have made the decision to start a transition and that transition period has been difficult at times, but I think the young kids are going to learn from it.”