4 Youngsters Who Deserve a Chance at Manchester United This Season
Manchester United is a club that has prided itself on the use of home-grown player, with at least one academy player named in every single matchday squad since October 1937.
Many feared that historic record would come to a swift end with Jose Mourinho installed as manager in May. But with so many fresh talents still knocking on the door of the first-team, and even more in the younger age groups for the future, he couldn’t possibly ignore them.
Here’s a look at four Manchester United youngsters who deserve a chance this season…
4. Josh Harrop
The midfielder is viewed as a talented playmaker, although injury hindered him during the 2015/16 campaign. Having signed a two-year contract in 2015, he is now running out of time to impress and make the step up to first-team.
3. Ro-Shaun Williams
If there’s one thing Mourinho likes to see in players it’s pace and power. Ro-Shaun Williams, a 100m sprint record holder as a schoolboy, has both in abundance and has been earning rave reviews from regular watchers of United’s junior teams in recent years.
The local centre-back, who can also play at right-back, recently celebrated his 18th birthday. He was named Under-18 captain last season but was soon promoted to the Under-21 team (as it was then called), and scored his first goal at the new Under-23 level this week.
2. Joe Riley
Versatile full-back Joe Riley was one of the youngsters Louis van Gaal turned to during last season’s injury crisis and could be in line for another opportunity as United’s defensive resources become stretched as 2016/17 continues.
The 19-year-old from Blackpool is not thought of as being as technically gifted as some of the other youngsters in the ranks, but his work ethic, as seen against Midtjylland and Shrewsbury Town in February, gives him more than enough reason to warrant consideration.
1. Axel Tuanzebe
The two month layoff for Eric Bailly combined with the existing never ending injury problems for the almost forgotten about Phil Jones could see Axel Tuanzebe start taking a place in more matchday squads between now and January as centre-back options grow thin.
He was earmarked by Mourinho soon after the new boss started work in summer and was involved with the first-team in pre-season. He was previously 2014/15 Young Player of the Year and the first first-year scholar to captain United’s Under-18 team since Gary Neville.Follow GuyFancy