|More than just talent|
|Around the Academy:
Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson explains how your character will help your progression.
The history and tradition at Manchester United is all about giving young players an opportunity.
We've maintained that for a long period and I never have a problem playing a young player in the first team.
If the young player is good enough then he can play.
The best players I've had, have had the strongest character and a good attitude to play.
It's all about a balance.
A player with the right attitude may be able to have a good career, but at the top level you need more than players who like winning.
They obviously need the talent as well.
It is actually something you can identify with young people at about 12.
If they have both of these attributes then you know you've got a chance.
Although it can be spotted, you can't really see the true potential of a player until they are 15 or 16.
But all managers have done it.
We've seen young players at 9, 10 or 11 and thought they are the new somebody or other.
It doesn't work out that way though.
Their real talent only shines through when they start playing against more physical players.
When the player grows and they retain their skill and technique you can start to see the player emerging.
And then you get an idea of their maturity and potential to be a professional.