Manchester United’s awards evening takes place at Old Trafford tonight, and the first personal honour has already been dished out.
The Red Devils named their Denzil Haroun Academy Player of the Year winner, and this year, it’s proud recipient was none other than Demetri Mitchell.
United’s left-back was handed the award by U23s manager Ricky Sbragia, with the club taking to Twitter to share the snap. Obviously, the young man looked absolutely delighted to win the trophy.
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I genuinely think Jose Mourinho trusts Mitchell wholeheartedly. Don’t forget he was handed the chance to start on the final day of last season, and the Englishman certainly didn’t look out of place in that game against Crystal Palace.
He’s spent this season on loan at Hearts in the Scottish Premier League, and by all accounts, he’d been working wonders for them, too. That was until injury struck, virtually ending his season.
You get the feeling that pre-season is going to be huge for him, but with Ashley Young ageing and Mourinho clearly not 100% behind Luke Shaw, maybe Mitchell will get his opportunity to fight for his place within the first-team squad next season. He certainly deserves the chance.