Manchester United is in a rebuilding phase, which means developing youth players is critical. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is keen on giving youth prospects their chance to rise through the ranks and onto the first team. The following is a list of players who can rise to the occasion when their name is called upon.
Undoubtedly, the player who has achieved the most on this list is Max Taylor. The U23s defender battled cancer throughout the 2018/2019 season and won! He has yet to debut in the first team, but has been a substitute for the Reds during a Europea Leauge clash earlier this season. No matter what his footballing future holds, Max is an inspiration for all of Manchester United.
This man’s last name commands big things, Harvey Neville. The son of Phil and Nephew of Gary Neville, the lad has footballing in his DNA. Neville has made 8 appearances for the U18 side and looks most comfortable as a right back.
An attacking midfielder, Hannibal Mejbri arrived in the United Youth Academy from AS Monaco last summer. The Reds paid Monaco nearly $12 million dollars for the Frenchman, and he has been involved in 4 goals in 7 appearances this year for the U18 squad. With United’s need for a creative midfielder, Mejbri has a growing chance of becoming part of the first team in the near future. Also, check out the fro on this lad; an absolute mop I can’t wait to see in action at Old Trafford.
James Garner has made a few appearances for the first team this season, and may get even more action due to the injury situation with United. The English defensive midfielder has scored 6 goals in 8 games with the U23s in the Premier Leauge 2. While it is unusual to see a defensive midfielder with attacking skills, Garner could help the first team break down defenses and hold-off an opposing attack.
Galbraith and Hamilton
Throughout the years, United have had a good relationship with Northern Irish players, specifically George Best. Ethan Galbraith is tasked with keeping that Northern Irish and United link strong. Galbraith has risen through the ranks from U18s to U23s and is itching for some first-team action. He will be competing with Ethan Hamilton, who recently came back from loan, for the opportunity to see some game time in the first team.
A Belgian winger who loves to score goals. In the 13 Premier League 2 games he has played, Largie has contributed to 11 goals. United may look to him to contribute further if Tahith Chong chooses to leave the club. If Chong stays, then he and Largie will create competition for being a rotational winger for the first team.
The only keeper on this list, Dean Henderson, will be coming back to Manchester United from Sheffield United this summer once his loan stint ends. Henderson has looked good in goal all season and might compete to be United’s number 2 keeper when Sergio Romero retires or leaves the club. If he plays his cards right, Henderson may take over the number 1 role if he waits for a vacancy in between the sticks and rises to the occasion.
Finally, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have not been featured on this list because both play regular first-team football for United. Both are great players who have shown they are meant for the highest competition available.
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