Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided vague updates on the future of Manchester United duo Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.
Neither academy graduate featured in the United squad that faced Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
Instead, the pair both played in a friendly for a United development squad against their Brugge counterparts.
The Reds won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Chong and James Garner.
Gomes and Chong have both failed to impress in the rare first-team opportunities they have been given by Solskjaer this term.
We would have expected them to kick on this season after shining performances in the development sides last campaign.
Their futures are now both unclear with their contracts running out in just a few months.
But Solskjaer has insisted the club are still in talks with the duo over signing fresh deals at Old Trafford.
“Well we’re still in talks with them, Tahith scored today,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“The boys have got a great attitude. They’re absolutely top-class boys and we’re doing what we can to keep them because in a few years we can see them becoming very very good players.
“He’d (Chong) rather play a game than sit in the stands here. He’s just making sure that he’s ready when he gets a chance. He played really well against Wolverhampton in the FA Cup and I’m very pleased with him.
“The boys have got a great attitude. They’re absolutely top-class boys and we’re doing what we can to keep them because in a few years we can see them becoming very very good players.”
Solskjaer’s comments on Chong are particularly telling. Although the United boss ideally wants to keep the youngsters to see if they can thrive for the Reds in the future, he admitted that the Dutch winger would rather play than sit in the stands.
It begs the question that surely Gomes and Chong would rather play first-team football elsewhere rather than in development sides if there is no clear path into the first-team squad.