Mengi, Shoretire and Mejbri- just some of the exciting young talents on show among others for Manchester United in the prestigious English club competition.
Manchester United had made it to their first FA Youth Cup semi-final since 2012 and looked to book a place in the finals but fell short after losing to a resilient Chelsea side, who have dominated this competition, winning seven of the last 10 FA Youth Cups.
The competition has been a thriving source of young talent, with many star players showcasing their abilities and flair here before moving up the ranks and making it big in world football. The current group of Man Utd players just have to look to the likes of Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and Ryan Giggs who were part of the legendary treble-winning side of ’99 as motivation to perform and win a record-breaking 11th FA Youth cup.
That’s a carrot that dangles in front of our boys. You work hard, you apply yourself right, you’re a good human being, a good person on and off the pitch, train well, live well, work hard then there’s your examples.” Man Utd’s U-18s coach Neil Ryan said.
Here’s a look at three of United’s featured talents:
The impressive 18-year old center back has already made waves, breaking into United’s first team last season in their Europa League fixture against Astana.
The teenager is a calm and commanding figure on the pitch, which also led to him being captain of the youth team. He’s played every minute in the competition so far, before it was halted due to Covid-19 and during that period, he was promoted to the senior team and named in The Red Devils’ PL squad for this campaign.
The French-Tunisian footballer, considered to be a huge talent and future superstar, was being tracked by clubs across Europe including Bayern Munich, PSG, and Barcelona while he was at Monaco. But the youngster decided to go with Manchester United as his club, with the English Giants reportedly paying a fee of $11m to secure the talented midfielder.
The 17-year old is a treat to watch with his pace, close control, and composure on the ball and is surely one to look out for in a game of this magnitude.
Shoretire’s story is the stuff of a schoolboy’s dream. The 16-year old scored in Man Utd’s Youth Cup quarter-final win against Wigan at Old Trafford on the same day after attending classes at his school.
He was at school today, all day! Then he came over to Old Trafford to play.” Neil Ryan exclaimed.
“It’s incredible really. Different day for him compared to other players.”
The exciting young forward is comfortable on either foot and can fit in anywhere across the front-line, he’s not shy being one of the youngest in the group and has the capacity to unleash a lethal shot anytime he’s in and around the box. Clearly one to keep an eye out for the future.
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