Nicky Butt believes Scott McTominay has grown into such a key figure for Manchester United that he's now the first name on the teamsheet.
The United head of first team development name-checked McTominay and Brandon Williams as shining examples to the club's younger players. Both have exceeded expectations at United to feature regularly in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first team this season.
McTominay, 23, is now a mainstay of the midfield while left-back Williams, 19, has made 11 first team appearances this term, scoring his first senior goal along the way.
Butt spoke exclusively to MEN Sport about the pair and why their achievements show that talent can only get young players so far. The Class of 92 is keen to see more players with McTominay and Williams' work ethic.
“Those two lads have done amazing," he said.
"Scott is probably the first name on the teamsheet at the minute and Brandon has done really well.
"It’s a mixture that makes Man United players. It’s not just always about raw talent, there’s a lot more than that.
"There’s been many players who have come through the gates at the training ground and been better than most people, but haven’t made it. It takes more than that to make it through to the first team.
"Talent gets you through the gates, but determination, grit and drive keeps you here for many many years.
"That’s what we’ve got to do with our academy players, because without the will and the drive to do well, you’re not going to make it here."