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Published: 16:46 | 14/5/16

Rooney predicts exciting times for United

Young talent to bring bright future

Wayne Rooney predicts exciting times ahead for Manchester United even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

The Old Trafford outfit need to beat Bournemouth at home and hope that rivals Manchester City lose at Swansea to claim fourth place and a place in the Champions League for next season.

They also face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley next weekend, so there is still plenty to play.

So, while Rooney believes it is still too early to assess the success or failure of the current campaign, he is sure that there are exciting times ahead for the club due to the new crop of young players coming through.

"I think it all depends on where we finish in the league before we can properly judge how good a campaign it has been, but hopefully we can get the result we need on Sunday afternoon to guarantee us a top-four finish with the FA Cup final still to come," he said.

"At the minute I think we're still waiting to see.

"It could be a good season for us in terms of qualifying for the Champions League and winning a trophy or it could be worse if we don't end up doing that, so we have to focus on the final league game before we look ahead to the final."

However, the England captain was effusive on the latest crop of young players such as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford making a name for themselves in the first team at Old Trafford.

"It's always exciting working with young players," he added. "People forget how young Anthony Martial (20) is.

"The club bought him so he hasn't come through the academy, but he's still only a really young lad.

"He's still learning, improving and the same goes with the likes of Memphis Depay, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, so it's an exciting time for the club.

"Hopefully they keep improving as players and it'll be a really bright future for Manchester United."

Rooney has been hugely impressed with Rashford who has scored seven goals in 16 first-team appearances since his debut earlier this year and, although he says he is always there to offer advice to the youngsters, he doesn't feel they need it just yet.

"I think at the minute he's a young lad and he doesn't need that much advice from me," he continued.

"Just let him play and enjoy his football. I'm sure there'll be a time when he does need it from myself, from the manager, from Giggsy and from other players.

"But I think the most important thing for him and the team is to just let him go and play and enjoy it."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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