With Manchester United working tirelessly to regain their position as one of the best teams on the planet, we’re looking at five youngsters who could have a big 2023.
Since Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford, the Dutchman has made it his mission to bring in new talent, while giving the youngsters a chance to shine. So, without further ado, we present to you, our list of the club’s best prospects.
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At just 18, the Spaniard looks guaranteed to have a bright future. Having helped his side win the FA Youth Cup in 2021-22, in which he bagged seven goals and three assists, the up-and-comer earned his opportunity in the first team.
With lightning speed and spell-binding skill, Garnacho has mesmerised the Old Trafford faithful. In 13 appearances, the 18-year-old has shown his remarkable ability to beat defenders before cutting inside on his right foot.
Thus far, he’s bagged two goals, the first of which came against Real Sociedad, while the second came in injury time against Fulham.
In 2020, the left-back decided to join the United academy despite being offered a deal with Real Madrid.
And judging by how far he’s come, it looks like he made the right call. After winning the club’s Under-23s Player of the Year award in 2021-22, he joined Preston North End on loan.
The towering defender has looked sensational at Deepdale. Following an impressive debut in which he bagged two assists, Fernandez has showcased his natural defensive instincts and attacking ability, with dangerous bursts down the left flank.
Born and raised in Stockport and blessed with an incredible footballing IQ, Mainoo was always destined to play for United.
The midfielder joined the club at just nine years of age, and his skills have flourished over the years since.
During his showings in the Under-18s and Under-23s, the 17-year-old has shown glimmers of Paul Pogba and Paul Scholes through his incredible passing repertoire.
And while he’s yet to make a first-team appearance, the nutmeg above, which occurred in a grudge match against Chelsea Under-18s, indicates that he has the potential to go very far.
Throughout his appearances in the Under-23s, the Iraqi international, who’s capped twice in World Cup qualifiers, has shown glimmers of a future great.
After scoring a goal for the first team against Young Boys, the playmaker has had to wait to make a name for himself.
But according to reports, Ten Hag rates Iqbal highly, having watched him produce scintillating showings against Melbourne Victory and Liverpool in pre-season.
Prior to joining his current club, Hanesen-Aroen proved his class at Tromso. After making his debut at 15, the Norwegian caught the eye of United, who welcomed him into the academy.
Since making the move to England, the prospect has become a key player in the Under-23s. And with his God-given flair and playmaking skills, the 17-year-old is knocking on the door of the first team.
While he’s yet to get that all-important call, he did feature in a pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.
Featured Image Credit: Alejandro Garnacho