Manchester United’s league position is all-but cemented. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will finish second.
With that in mind, our Baby Faced Assassin is offered some luxury in regards to team selection. Sure, you go into every game wanting to win, though why would you risk the health of your top stars in meaningless games, particularly when we have a Europa League to win?
Putting trust in youth is embedded deep into Manchester United’s DNA. What better opportunity to give the next generation their chance?
Solskjaer’s side has five league games left. Some are trickier than others, though I’m looking at home game against Fulham as the perfect opportunity – as it comes a week before a potential Europa League final.
You’re never going to get a better opportunity to see what these kids can do in a competitive game. For Solskjaer and these players, it’s a free hit with absolutely nothing to lose but potentially plenty to gain. We’ve picked out three who could get their chance.
Note: We’ve ruled out players who have already made their debuts, like Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire.
Perhaps the biggest talent within the academy right now is Hannibal Mejbri. That’s somewhat expected given United paid roughly £10million to acquire his services as a sixteen-year-old.
Hannibal has now had plenty of time to settle into life with both the United’s U18s and U23s side. The classy midfielder has looked a cut above both those age groups and you get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before he takes that next step.
Like everyone on this list, it’s probably a little too early to make them a permanent fixture within the first-team, but why not give Hannibal a taste of the action against Fulham? He’s obviously talented enough.
For me, defender Will Fish is probably the most underrated player in our reserves at the moment. United’s glaring weakness going into the summer is a top-class centre-half partner for Harry Maguire and maybe the club already have the answer right under their nose?
Fish has been involved in first-team training of late, which shows you Solskjaer is considering giving the Englishman his chance. Personally, I’d be surprised if he’s thrown in at the deep end with a start, but why not get him on for 20 minutes, late in a game that’s already decided?
Anthony Elanga can count himself seriously unlucky. The tricky winger should have already made his debut, but for injury to seriously hamper his campaign.
The Swede penned a contract extension back in March so he’s going nowhere. Like Fish, Elanga has featured in first-team training sessions already and it’s only a matter of time before he’s out there on the field.
For me, this is the one that’s most likely to happen – and I’d actually be surprised if Elanga doesn’t play at least some minutes before the curtains shut on 2020/21.
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