Manchester United youngster, Teden Mengi, has revealed he was inspired to believe he can reach the first team level by fellow Academy graduate, Brandon Williams.
The 18 year old, on Wednesday, became the eight Academy graduate to make a debut in Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season, as we took on Austrian side, LASK Linz, and was full of delight for the achievement.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the match, when asked if he’s inspired by the success of his peers, Mengi said, “Of course. Especially Brandon, because we both play in defence.
“So when I saw him kicking on, it made me even hungrier. It made me think: why can’t I do it? Obviously I got my opportunity today.”
He added, “It was a brilliant moment, I loved it. My mum said she was crying – I’ve already checked my phone!
“Obviously, it’s a great feeling. I’d like to thank everyone that’s been around me, supported me, from my family, all my team-mates.
“Everyone in the first team made it very easy for me. Everyone was very welcoming. But the Academy staff as well.
“Also, I’d like to thank the manager for giving me the opportunity. But, again, it’s just the start. It’s down to myself now to just keep on kicking on. But yeah, I’m very happy with it.”
Prior to Wednesday, the last time as many as eight Academy graduates made a debut in the senior team was in the 1952/53 season.