Paul Scholes
Scholes was a star in his day for United, and has an eye for talent as a result.

Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United's youngsters will get better with time, despite their demoralising loss to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup quarter final.

Larnell Cole, who originally comes from Manchester, was an unused substitute in the tie between the Red Devils and their lower league opposition, and though the 18 year old is still waiting to make his debut for the senior side, Scholes believes he has what it takes to be a future talent for the club.

"[He's] an excellent all-round footballer," Scholes told the official United website.

"He can play wide right, central midfield, he can probably play other positions, too. He's just someone who's supremely confident on the ball, capable of scoring goals, making chances and he has a chance of being a good player for us, I think.

"He's really impressed me. The ball seems almost glued to his foot, he knows exactly where he is on the pitch - which is key for a midfielder."

Scholes also singled out Zeki Fryers for special praise, who also comes from the home of United, and was subbed on in the 37th minute to make his fourth appearance for the club.

"Zeki did really well in his debut at Leeds. He's a defender so he has to be big, physical and strong," he said.

"He's got a nice left foot, as well; he can pick people out with it and hopefully he'll progress to the first team. It was a great performance at Elland Road. You could understand maybe a few nerves, but he had a lot of experienced players around him and that helped.

"I think he'll probably be a better centre-half than full-back at the minute, but he could maybe provide a bit of competition for Patrice Evra somewhere down the road."

And Paul Pogba, who has been the subject of some transfer speculation lately as he talks to United about a new deal, is the perfect example of how youth are developing at Old Trafford, according to Scholes.

He explained: "He is a big, strong player. His skill is brilliant, as are his physique and speed.

"The one thing that he probably needs to tidy up a little bit is his passing, but once that comes right, he's potentially a top-class player.

"He came on against Leeds and did really well. All of these players are young and they have plenty of time to progress, and once they tidy up a few little things, they should be fine."

While United's youngsters will be disappointed with last night's results, they will continue to make waves throughout the club and get better at their trades under the watchful eyes of Scholes and Sir Alex Ferguson.