Father figure: Rashford is one of 14 Academy graduates given a first-team chance by Van Gaal

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

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Roshaun Williams has been called up to the Manchester United squad to face West Ham on Sunday.

The 17-year-old defender is on the substitute’s bench after being promoted to the senior set-up, while fellow teenager and Academy graduate Marcus Rashford, 18, has been handed his sixth consecutive start.

Adnan Januzaj has also been recalled to the matchday 18 after being cup-tied against Liverpool in midweek and being omitted from the squad against West Brom last weekend.

In total, Louis van Gaal has made three changes to the team that lost at Anfield, with Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard replacing Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and the suspended Juan Mata.

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Williams becomes the latest in a long line of Academy graduates to be fast-tracked into the United team under Van Gaal.

The first-year academy scholar Williams has been selected for his maiden squad promotion despite the recent emergence of Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Williams, who played alongside Januzaj for United Under-21s at Liverpool on Friday night, has been a mainstay of the development squad this season and was expected by many observers to have been promoted earlier to the senior squad.

Such is Williams’ precociousness he broke into the United Under-21s as an Under-15 squad member and made his Under-21 debut as a 16-year-old.

Mata is suspended for Sunday’s tie following his expulsion in last week’s defeat to West Brom.