Manchester United academy stars on the verge of first team success

Manchester United are a club known around the globe for producing top class young talent, from the Busby Babes to the Class of 92, and more recently the success of fan favourite Marcus Rashford.

The incredible performances seen by their U23’s and U18’s has led to more opportunities. We have seen Shola Shoretire, who recently made his first-team debut, and James Garner whose loan spell with Nottingham Forest has allowed him to really prove how good he can be.

With the last two years proving that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team live and breathe the United tradition, let’s look at some of the players we can expect to see on the Old Trafford pitch soon.

Hannibal Mejbri

Arriving in 2019, United fought of competition from Liverpool and Barcelona for his signature, 18-year-old French midfielder Hannibal has always been considered amongst Europe’s top youngsters.

He has impressed massively for the U23’s, and as a result recently signed a new long-term deal at the club. He is close to joining first team training but is yet to make his debut due to a recent shoulder injury he picked up during United’s Premier League 2 victory over Arsenal.

Solskjaer has recently stated that he was ‘on his way into the squad’ but that ‘He’ll come back stronger, and he knows he’s not far away.’

The positive signs are there for him, racking up 8 goals and assists combined in 15 games this season, with superb performances in the EFL Trophy as well.

He plays as a creative midfielder featuring in the number 10 role. Also known for his confidence in possession and ability to pick out a pass, it has led to comparisons with compatriot Paul Pogba.

A chance for him to learn from one of the world’s best in Bruno is also surely something not to miss.

Joe Hugill

A forward who has been producing record breaking performances for the youth side this season is Joe Hugill.

At only 17, United paid Sunderland £300k for his services last year, and he has been proving just why.

He is a standout target man who stands tall at 6ft 2in, but also has a wonder of a left foot that can punish oppositions. He has a quality first touch and goals in abundance.

10 goals and two assists in just 17 Premier League 2 games puts him joint second in the goal charts.

With the first team lacking in depth and variety up front, it should not be long before Hugill gets his chance. If he transfers his form to the first team then the club will have an amazing player on their hands.

He is seen as one for the future, by none other than ‘Class of 92’ graduate Nicky Butt.

Shola Shoretire

He made his debut against Real Sociedad becoming the youngest ever to play for The Red Devils in Europe. He has been with United since the age of nine. This one has fairy-tale written all over it.

The 17-year-old forward has featured for Neil Wood’s side 16 times in the league this season, scoring six and registering four assists.

He has recently penned a new deal and Solskjaer has high hopes for the kid, saying he has a bright future and will get a chance to play in front of United fans.

He also highlighted the skills and attributes of Shoretire which he thinks will make him a very good player.

Born in England he is a future prospect, not just for United but the national side as well, already making appearances for England at U16 level.

Analysis

All the noise coming out of the Aon Training Complex is one of excitement. The tried and tested formula is known for producing top talents, and since Solskjaer arrived it has gotten even better.

The progression we have seen from Mason Greenwood, Scott Mctominay and Brandon Williams over the past two years has been huge. The experience of these players who have successfully graduated to the first team will only help the next crop of stars.

Coupled with the recent announcement of Darren Fletcher as technical director, a role where he will ‘help maintain the integral link between the academy and the first team’.