It seems to be all about the youngsters these days, doesn’t it? Gareth Bale came along and made Maicon amongst others looks worthless, Jack Wilshere continues to do his Xavi impression for Arsenal week in week out and the Championship currently plays host to one of the most promising looking English strikers we’ve seen since the days of Wayne Rooney in Connor Wickham. So who should we expect to be seeing come off the Manchester United production line next?
Sir Alex Ferguson currently has a couple of good prospects out on loan in the shape of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. Whilst those are expecting to make it in the Premier League in some way, shape or form, the United manager seems to have a few other youngsters ready to make the step up. To bring through yet another team must be one of Fergie’s last ambitions. To do it with a spine of players who have come through the ranks, not too dissimilar to his most famous of fledglings with Beckham, Scholes, the Nevilles, etc would further add to the legacy left by the club’s most successful manager. So who are these players? Below is a list of six youngsters you will be seeing turning out in the Premier League sooner rather than later. Feel free to add your choices below if I’ve missed any!
Paul Pogba – The French midfielder has been causing a bit of a fuss around Old Trafford of late. He loves a shot, can dribble and is built like a powerhouse. The 17-year-old is being tipped as Paul Scholes’ replacement and recently found himself warming the bench for the FA Cup tie against Crawley Town.
Ravel Morrison – Another youngster who you may have heard about, Morrison is being tipped to be another great Manchester United striker. He has unbelievable pace and feet and has been scoring for fun in the academy and reserve sides. Morrison has also been promoted to the senior side, but there are question marks over the player’s attitude towards the game after a troubled upbringing.
Ryan Tunnicliffe – The midfielder has recently been handed the number 46 shirt in the senior squad. Another player who made the bench for the Crawley tie, Tunnicliffe has been likened to Roy Keane for his aggressive style and box-to-box energy.
Joshua King – The Norwegian striker was signed in the hope he would progress into an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer type player and although he is yet to show his talents in the Premier League, there is certainly still time. The 19-year-old has been scoring for fun in the reserves and was another to make the bench in the recent FA Cup tie.
Davide Petrucci – The Italian struggled when he first came to United with horrible luck with injuries, but the midfielder has been back amongst the action and putting in some good performances which has earned him praise from coach Warren Joyce. The 19-year-old is a tricky customer who can operate on the left but play with both feet.
Robert Brady – The tricky Irish winger is highly rated at Old Trafford but is another who has been hit with injuries. In October 2010 he was given a squad number and has been a regular fixture this season in the reserves, netting a few along the way.
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