Manchester United Football Club have always been known for promoting youth and giving their academy stars a chance on the grandest of stages. The Red Devils always look to develop from within first, and it’s a mantra that even Jose Mourinho is getting on board with.
The self-proclaimed Special One has utilised Marcus Rashford very heavily this campaign, and we’ve seen the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in and around the squad for pretty much the length of the season. The former made his full debut against Arsenal over the weekend.
Now, with our hopes of finishing in the top four looking done and dusted, we’ve decided to take a look at three youngsters who could follow in the footsteps of he aforementioned Tuanzebe, as well as Scott McTominay who also earned his first United appearance against The Gunners.
Willock is a central midfielder who joined United back in 2012. Now 20, you feel as though his time to prove his worth here is fast approaching. Willock was named on the bench over the weekend, but didn’t get on the field.
With us looking quite thin on the ground in the midfield, the manager has been forced to look at options from within the youth setup and he turned to Willock. Perhaps we could see him get some minutes on the field. Crystal Palace at home on the final day of the season would be a good starting point.
It was only a few days ago when Mourinho labelled Joel Pereira one of the best of his generation. When you’re sitting in behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero, getting game time is always going to be tough.
However, now is as good of a time as any to give him an opportunity to prove his worth. The manager is clearly a huge fan of his fellow countryman, and I’d love to see him handed a start in a Premier League fixture.
Olosunde, 19, is an American centre-back who only joined United just over one year ago. He’s quick and strong, and he too was on the bench against Arsenal; but didn’t get on the field.
With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones failing to impress, it could be a good option to test Olosunde in a high-pressure situation. Let’s be honest, he cannot do any worse than the chuckle brothers…