Man United have had a history of quality wingers. George Best, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are just some of the players that have run the flanks for the Red Devils and if Cameron Stewart can continue to progress the way he has, he too will get his chance.
Stewart is held in high regard by all who watch him and although having already represented England at youth level, Scotland attempted to call him into their u17 squad after Archie Gemmill was impressed watching the youngster’s academy performances.
He has risen through the youth ranks at United having made his debut for the academy in 2006. Last season he turned out for both the academy (making 25 appearances and scoring once) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserves whom he made 16 appearances for including the triumphant finals of both the Manchester Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup.
His performances saw him earn a call up to the England u19 squad in August and having scored in a preseason friendly for United he continued to impress finding the net against Bury in the Manchester Senior Cup as United ran out 5-0 winners. In what was probably his best performance in a United shirt, Stewart grabbed a goal as well as set up 2 as United thumped the visitors.
He has made 8 appearances for the reserves this season steadily improving as he plays and his performances saw him earn a place in United’s injury stricken squad that faced Wolfsburg in the Champions League in December and although he did not get off the bench the experience will set him in good stead for the future.
Stewart is a pacy and skilful winger with quick feet. He is capable of both creating and scoring goals and when he does score they tend to be spectacular efforts as he has thunderous shooting ability. He has a high work rate as he troops the right wing (where if need be he can fill in at the back) and if he does not beat his man with his quick feet he can ride opposition challenges as he endeavours to get his cross in. Like many young wingers his decision making can let him down but this is something that can be worked out of his game as he matures.
Another thing that works in his favour as he attempts to make a name for himself at Old Trafford is his attitude to training something not lost on Paul McGuiness, his manager at u18 level,
“He puts a lot of energy and enthusiasm into training, which, to go with the ability he has got should see him progress quickly”
Despite having not appeared for the first team on Carling Cup duty the fact that Stewart was considered when United needed players for the Wolfsburg tie shows that he is held in high esteem at Old Trafford.
He is definitely one to keep an eye out for in the future.
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