It has been reported that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was happy to give Guillermo Varela his debut in their draw with West Ham.
The Uruguayan, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2013 but spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, is the latest academy player to be included in the squad this season after Axel Tuanzebe, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Sean Goss and Marcus Rashford.
Van Gaal said: “I have been pleased with the progress of the younger players when they’ve been called to train with the first-team squad so I am not afraid of using them if required.
“A number of those youngsters and other members of the first-team squad took part in the Under-21s’ 3-2 victory over Liverpool.
“It was important to keep their match rhythm going into this busy period, and with the current injury list, all the players that are fit will need to be ready when they are called upon.”