With Manchester United’s first-team stars currently playing internationals, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given eight academy prospects the chance to shine.
United are on the principle of giving young talent a chance and Solskjaer has maintained the tradition since taking office, making room for Mason Greenwood in his squad while keeping Anthony Elanga, Teden Mengi and Hannibal Mejbri at proximity.
While the majority of the Red Devils are away, United’s Aon training complex is the new home for young prospects to train with the other premier teams.
Let’s take a look at the latest Manchester United prodigies that may soon make their first-team debut.
CHARLIE SAVAGE, 18, MIDFIELDER
Son of former United player and Welsh international Robbie Savage, Charlie quickly rose through the academy ranks, from under 18 to under 23.
A central midfielder like his father, the 18-year-old is comfortable both defending and advancing and has also established himself as a technical midfielder and ball player rather than a tenacious player like Robbie .
Savage Jr has revealed he enjoys life at Old Trafford. He said: “I really like playing for United, we have a good group of guys there.”
ALVARO FERNANDEZ, 18, DEFENDER
Coming from Real Madrid’s academy, the Red Devils have welcomed Alvaro Fernandez to the Under-18 squad.
Playing at left-back, Fernandez made 30 appearances at various levels of United’s youth stage last season and has progressed to play 20 of those games for Neil Wood’s Under-23 side in the Premier League. 2, although he was only 18 in March.
Taking cues from Real Madrid star Marcelo, Fernandez has already had five assists to his name.
CHARLIE MCNEILL, 18, BEFORE
Charlie Mcneill is no stranger to Manchester United as he has been a childhood fan since day one, although the 18-year-old has scored 600 remarkable goals for rivals Manchester City.
Returning to United’s youth academy, Mcneill scored 24 goals in 21 U18 Premier League games last season – what a comeback.
JOE HUGILL, 17, BEFORE
Defeating Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign Joe Hugill, United have secured a £ 300,000 deal from Sunderland for the center-forward.
Hugill didn’t stay long in the Under-18s as he was accelerated in the Under-23 scoring 10 goals in 18 games, including four in the standout 6-3 win over Liverpool.
Standing at 6ft 2in, the 17-year-old is able to dominate defenders while still allowing his controlled touch.
DILLON HOOGEWERF, 18, BEFORE
Dillon Hoogewerf, 18, signed with Ajax academy in 2019, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists for the Red Devils under-18s last season before joining the Under-23 team.
Originally a center-forward, Hoogewerf has moved on to a wide attacking position because he is effective on both wings.
MARC JURADA, 17, DEFENDER
A native of Barcelona academy, Marc Jurado turned down his childhood club’s offer of a three-year contract for Manchester United.
The 17-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with the fastest ever youth goal record in an Under-10 game against Viladecans.
The right-back made his Under-23 debut late last season with the Red Devils.
CHARLIE WELLENS, 18, MIDFIELDER
Like his father, Doncaster manager Richie Wellens, Charlie is a central midfielder and has become a key player in United’s youth squad.
Sparking interest from Inter Milan, Wellens has thrived as a full-back, scoring three goals for the Under-18s last season and moving to the Under-23 side with three assists in the first seven games. of this season.
BJORN HARDLEY, 18, DEFENDER
Manchester United were quick to sign Bjorn Hardley from NAC Breda academy, impressing club scouts.
The young Dutchman has performed efficiently at the back and has also plunged into the defensive midfielder position throughout his 17 appearances for the Under-18 team last season.
The 18-year-old has played every minute of the Under-23 team’s Premier League 2 campaign so far this season, recently scoring against Liverpool in a 3-0 that left boss Neil Ryan gushing about praise.
Ryan said: “I thought Bjorn Hardley was exceptional. His movement at the back. He’s a real leader.
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