Manchester United’s attentions turn to the FA Cup for the first time this season, as the Red Devils will look to defend their crown in a campaign they’ll start against Reading. The Championship side is coached by former United hero Jaap Stam in a fixture that will not be easy.
With that said, I fully expect the manager to ring the changes in this one – particularly with an EFL Cup semi-final on the horizon too. We’ve picked out a few youngsters who could well be given a chance in the match if the boss does choose to take a gamble or two. Remember, that this is just our opinion so please don’t take it as gospel.
The supremely talented Dutchman burst onto the scene under Louis van Gaal last year and became a real mainstay in the starting eleven towards the end of the season.
This year has been different and he has been used rather sparingly. He has a handful of starts to his name and he’s done well in all of them. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him given another chance at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, and it would be wonderful to see him on the field.
The 20-year-old from Blackpool has been at United for quite some time now, and was one of Warren Joyce’s first names on the teamsheet during his tenure as U21s manager.
Riley is yet another talented defender on the Manchester United payroll at the moment, and he does have a couple of top-level appearances for the Old Trafford club. One in the FA Cup and one in the Europa League.
In my humble opinion, this man is one of the best talents in the academy at the moment. He’s a centre-back who has just recently turned twenty years old.
Tuanzebe has pace in abundance meaning he can keep up with the speedy attackers, and is a very intelligent footballer who reads the game excellently. The youngster is yet to make a first start for Manchester United, but I’d love for Jose to take a gamble on him.