Pre-season kicks off tomorrow, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a youthful squad to work with.
As several players have some well-deserved rest following both the European Championships and Copa America, our Baby Faced Assassin has a young Manchester United squad at his disposal for the time being.
With pre-season taking place in England this summer due to COVID-19, this is the perfect opportunity for some future starlets to make their mark. As is always the case in these friendlies, there’s normally a handful of young starlets who leave you wanting more.
Ahead of United’s game against Derby County tomorrow lunchtime, we’ve picked out three young players who we think will make their mark. It’s worth noting the trio have all featured in pre-season training with the first-team squad over the last week or so.
First up, we have arguably the most talented young player on the books at Old Trafford. Shola Shoretire has risen through the ranks pretty rapidly over the last couple of years, greatly impressing at U23 level last term.
That’d lead to several first-team call-ups at the back end of the season, with Shoretire also making his United debut. He was a regular amongst the substitutes bench, showing just how much faith Solskjaer has in the young attacking midfielder.
I don’t doubt he’ll start at least a couple of tour games, before a decision is then made on his squad status for the upcoming campaign. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him loaned out.
For me, Garner should already be an integral fixture of this United squad. Perhaps now is the time for the young Englishman, particularly as Nemanja Matic isn’t getting any younger.
Garner enjoyed a great loan spell at Watford last term and with that experience under his belt, this feels like the opportune moment for Solskjaer to put some trust in the box-to-box man.
He has the ability, attitude and mental toughness to make it at the highest level. I just hope that this pre-season, he’s given a fair shot at succeeding at the Theatre of Dreams.
Undoubtedly the wildcard selection. Like Shoretire, Joe Hugill played at both U18 and U23 level last term, scoring a combined 20 goals.
His ability is there for all to see, while his standout moment came against Liverpool, scoring four times.
With Marcus Rashford injured and Edinson Cavani taking some time off due to international commitments, there could be a small opening for a young player to force his way into the first-team – even if only in the short-term.
Hugill knows where the back of the net is and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts to make a name for himself over the next few weeks.