Pat Holland insists our younger reserve team players have to aspire to follow in Dean Marney's footsteps into the first team.
Academy coach Pat has taken charge of a few reserve games of late on Monday nights in Clive Allen's absence.
He's been delighted with the way the likes of Jamie O'Hara, Phil Ifil, Charlie Daniels - all first-year Academy players - have equipped themselves when they've been given a chance at reserve level this season.
Home-grown talents Dean, John Jackson and Dean Marney have all made their Premiership debuts this season while Lee Barnard and Mark Yeates have been in squads. Goalkeeper Rob Burch has also been a regular on the bench.
Pat, who coached all those players in the Academy, said: Dean Marney got his first start at Old Trafford and the lads have to aspire to that. That's how they have to see it.
"It can be difficult sometimes for senior players to come into reserve team football and prove a point but that's the name of the game.
"It's a great opportunity for the likes of Phil Ifil and Jamie O'Hara to come into the reserve set-up, do well and impress the manager.
"You're looking for a performance and the players are as well to force their way into that first team squad."